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Lawmakers Probe Contract to Sweep EPA Administrator’s Office for Bugs

  • Security officer is business partner with person hired
  • Three agency employees have drawn scrutiny for moonlighting
Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg
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Senate Democrats are pressing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to explain how his top security guard’s business partner ended up with a contract to search the EPA building for listening devices.

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Tom Carper told EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt they are concerned the security officer, Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, "may have used his position at the agency to influence the award of EPA contracts to a person or company in which he has a financial interest."