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"Seven Day Letter" to Administrator Wheeler: Refusals to Fully Cooperate and Provide Information for Audit and Investigation

October 29, 2019, made public on November 6, 2019

I write pursuant to Section 5(d) of the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, as amended, which requires an Inspector General to report to the head of the agency "whenever the Inspector General becomes aware of particularly serious or flagrant problems, abuses, or deficiencies relating to the administration of programs and operations of such [agency]." 5 U.S.C. App. 3, § 5(d). This report is commonly called the "Seven Day Letter." 

The particularly serious or flagrant problem I am reporting concerns two instances of refusal to fully cooperate and provide information to the IG, one during an audit and one during an administrative investigation. They center on a single employee --Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson.

Read the complete letter and attachments below. Update: the Reply of acting EPA Inspector General to General Counsel Memorandum is also available.