EPA seeks to resolve turf battle over probes

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Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, EPA, testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform full committee hearing, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Washington. A turf battle between the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general and an EPA unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff gets an airing before Congress. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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.