investigations by the EPA’s inspector general for years.
Patrick Sullivan, is testifying before the house oversight committee about what goes on in this “rogue law enforcement agency” better known as the EPA Office of
The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy’s office, and the inspector general’s office is
accusing it of impeding its independent investigations into employee
misconduct, computer security and external threats, including compelling
employees involved in cases to sign non-disclosure agreements.“Under the heavy cloak of `national security,’ the
Office of Homeland Security has repeatedly rebuffed and refused to cooperate
with the OIG’s ongoing requests for information or cooperation,” Sullivan
wrote in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press. “This block
unquestionably has hamstrung the Office of Inspector General’s ability to carry
out its statutory mandate to investigate wrongdoing of EPA employees.”
EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe was expected to tell
Congress that the agency’s employees work cooperatively with the inspector
general and support its mission, according to his prepared testimony.Perciasepe assured Congress in his prepared testimony that
the EPA remains committed to ensuring that the inspector general’s office
successfully roots out waste, fraud and abuse across the agency.
What made the EPA Homeland Security office blockage of Inspector General investigations come to a head was the story of John C. Beale, a former deputy assistant administrator who pleaded guilty in federal court last fall to stealing a total of $886,186 between 2000 and April 2013, falsely claiming he was working undercover for the CIA.
Apparently the EPA office of Homeland Security held on to the information for months before telling the EPA office of Inspector General.
Another inspector general investigator, Elisabeth Heller Drake, will testify that McCarthy asked the inspector general’s office to halt a probe into a homeland security office employee after he allegedly assaulted her in October, according to her prepared testimony. The EPA says that claim is a mischaracterization and that McCarthy only asked that the investigation be paused until the internal dispute between the two offices was settled safely and efficiently.
Remember, this is supposed to be the most transparent administration in the history of the