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EPA Lacked Controls to Rein in Pruitt’s Pricey Travel: Watchdog

May 16, 2019, 7:18 PM

Scott Pruitt’s first-class travel was an abuse of an EPA system for approving travel expenses that has long been broken, the agency’s watchdog found in a new report.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General is suggesting that the EPA recover nearly $124,000 in travel costs, mostly for first- and business-class airfare, that the former administrator incurred during his tenure.

The office’s May 16 audit found that the EPA didn’t provide adequate justification for why Pruitt had to fly premium and didn’t always follow the agency’s travel procedures when approving his travel.

But the inspector general’s report...

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