April 13, 2018

Recent information about EPA’s Patrick Sullivan merits review by the Integrity Committee (‘IC’) of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (‘CIGIE’) as he may have engaged in conduct that undermines the independence or integrity reasonably expected of him.

Yesterday, a New York Times article reported that Pasquale Perrota, one of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s top aides at the center of matters under investigation by the EPA Inspector General, and Patrick Sullivan, the assistant inspector general who oversees investigation, were spotted drinking beers together across from EPA headquarters.

The Times also reported that “[a] spokesman for the inspector general did not dispute that Mr. Perrotta and Mr. Sullivan were ‘friendly’ but disputed that they socialized outside of work and added that the office has ‘impairment and impartiality requirements’ intended to prevent bias in any investigation.”

The Integrity Committee of the CIGIE has a statutory obligation to receive and review allegations of wrongdoing made against Inspectors Generals of the CIGIE (‘IGs’) and to ensure the fair and impartial disposition of allegations that fall within the IC’s statutory mandate.

Therefore, CREW respectfully requests that Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Integrity Committee investigate whether EPA Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Patrick Sullivan engaged in conduct that undermined his independence or integrity.

Read the full letter here.