Another political aide is departing EPA, sources told POLITICO Friday, making him the fourth staffer to exit the agency this week amid the raft of ongoing investigations into Administrator Scott Pruitt's expensive travel, security spending and condo rental.
John Konkus, the second-in-command on the public affairs team and who has worked with Pruitt since helping prepare him for his Senate confirmation, is leaving for a top communications job at the Small Business Administration, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.
Sources close to EPA expect more political appointees to leave soon. On Thursday, EPA’s top spokeswoman Liz Bowman announced she was heading to a job on Capitol Hill, and on Tuesday, Pruitt’s lead security agent and Superfund task force head both quit. Last month, policy chief Samantha Dravis and agriculture adviser Jeff Sands left.
Konkus worked with EPA’s regional offices and will help SBA Administrator Linda McMahon to boost attention to local news stories, according to an administration official.
“John has an amazing attitude. He’s a really good person, honest and a loyal supporter of President Trump,” the source said.