Back in 2011 when Rick Scott named Herschel Vinyard as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, it was in part due to what Scott said was his expertise in the permitting process between businesses and environmental concerns. Vinyard had been director of operations for BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, overseeing wastewater permits and other regulatory matters, and also chairman of Shipbuilders Council of America, where he represented 40 companies in 100 shipyards.
Not long after, his position came under scrutiny when questions arose about whether or not his appointment to the DEP was in violation of the Clean Water Act, which states that there must be a two-year separation between the positions of "employed by" and "in charge of" concerning those who regulate and administer National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. When the possible violation became public, it appeared as if Vinyard had misrepresented his position at BAE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched an investigation. Vinyard denied that he had lied on his resume, but the two-year statute of limitation to make a decision ran out, and Vinyard remains at the DEP today.
That was just the beginning of controversies at the DEP under Rick Scott's term as governor, where he and his Cabinet directly oversee the agency.