The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General said Thursday that the agency's chief financial officer gave an employee $9,000 in bonus awards less than three months after she was hired.

The IG said in April, it got an anonymous tip that the CFO was trying to pay a $250,000 bonus to the new hire, a senior director working out of North Carolina.

According to the IG report, the CFO wanted to "pay a $250,000 bonus to a newly hired employee because it was unable to provide relocation expenses for the employee."

Relocation awards have become a hot issue over the last few weeks, as senior employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs were caught receiving relocation awards worth several hundred thousand dollars.

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