According to a report in Government Executive, a warehouse belonging to contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained “secret rooms” which housed exercise equipment, televisions, and couches. The room was hidden by partitions and piles of boxes in order to conceal the room from security cameras.
“[T]he 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse — used for inventory storage — is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year,” the report reads.
In addition to the secret rooms, the IG found an incomplete and inaccurate recordkeeping system; numerous potential security and safety hazards, including an open box of passports; and “deplorable conditions” — such as corrosion, vermin feces and “pervasive” mold.
Apex Logistics LLC, the EPA contractor, has received $5.3 million from the government agency since 2007. The EPA has issued a stop work order to Apex Logistics in the wake of an internal audit which uncovered the secret room. Employees no longer have access to what has been described as a hidden “man cave” in the federally funded facility.
Read the full report via Government Executive
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