Joe Pounder
Joe Pounder

Definers Public Affairs today quit its no-bid $120K media monitoring contract with the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the work had become a "distraction."

President Joe Pounder via Twitter said the firm offered the EPA a "better and more efficient service that would give EPA employees real-time news at a lower cost than what previous Administrations paid for more antiquated clipping services."

The New York Times on Dec. 15 ran a critical story about the EPA, saying it uses DPA's service to track coverage of its employees who criticized the performance of EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

Calling the EPA contract a distraction, Pounder's said DPA will no longer offer its Console war-room clipping service product to federal clients.

Mother Jones broke the story about DPA's contract with the EPA.