WASHINGTON (AP) — The second-in-command at the Environmental Protection Agency says he will direct a security unit run by political staff to seek permission to share information with the inspector general's office. The announcement comes after investigators accused the unit of blocking independent investigations at the agency.
Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator of EPA, told a House oversight committee Wednesday that the agency's political staff doesn't want to have a problem with the inspector general.
Patrick Sullivan, the top investigator with the inspector general's office, told Congress that the 10-person Office of Homeland Security within the administrator's office has for years systematically refused to share information, citing national security. It has also failed to report allegations of misconduct by agency staff, he said.
The Homeland Security Office would need to get permission from the FBI.