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EPA watchdog recommends agency recoup $124K for Pruitt's "excessive" travel costs


The watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency recommended on Thursday that nearly $124,000 be recovered for inappropriate travel expenses by former agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Details: The Office of Inspector General’s estimated findings come nearly a year after Pruitt resigned amid controversy over his spending, travel and relationships with lobbyists. Investigators concluded that 40 trips Pruitt either took or scheduled between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, cost taxpayers $985,037, allotted for Pruitt’s security detail, and staffers’ travel.


“Actions are needed to strengthen controls over the EPA’s travel and prevent fraud, waste and abuse,”
The Inspector General’s office

The inspector general’s office is questioning $123,941 spent to fly Pruitt and his security detail in first- or business class, while his staff was required to fly coach. When traveling to Tulsa, Okla. — where Pruitt maintained a home while serving as a member of President Trump’s cabinet — his staff was occasionally required to cover their own travel expenses.

What they’re saying: The EPA responded on Thursday, clarifying a long-standing policy of allowing travel other than coach class. The agency’s general counsel issued an opinion determining that the acting controller “had the authority to grant first-class exceptions. Therefore, in evaluating the delegation EPA believes that the trips were authorized by an appropriate official, making cost recovery inappropriate.”
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