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GAO was asked to investigate certain matters pertaining to a political appointee allegedly exercising control over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General's office to determine: the background and qualifications of the appointee, the background of the employee who hired the appointee, the impressions left with the Office of Inspector General personnel as to the appointee's role in their office, the types of documents the appointee had access to and whether these documents were commonly disclosed during the Inspector General's work, and the date after which the appointee no longer worked in the Inspector General's office.

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