Environmental Protection Agency officials have reportedly been instructed by the Trump administration not to issue any new contracts or grants.

Administration officials have also told EPA employees not to provide updates about the agency to reporters or on social media, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

A former EPA employee who asked to remain unnamed wasn't surprised by the edict handed down by the Trump team.

"That doesn't surprise me they will not let EPA employees talk to reporters or update any social media," the ex-employee said. "During the transition period, the incoming team was obsessed with who had access to the levers to the outside world within the agency, especially who had access to which social media accounts."

The EPA did not immediately return a request for comment.