EPA WATCHDOG SUGGESTS AGENCY RECOVER $124,000 IN PRUITT’S “EXCESSIVE” TRAVEL EXPENSES. WASHINGTON »The Environmental Protection Agency should consider recovering nearly $124,000 of improper travel expenses by former EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the agency’s inspector general recommended Thursday.
The findings, issued nearly a year after Pruitt resigned amid controversy over his spending, travel and ties to lobbyists and outside groups, highlight the fiscal impact of his penchant for high-end travel and accommodations. Investigators concluded that 40 trips Pruitt took or scheduled during a 10-month period, between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, cost taxpayers $985,037.
The bulk of those expenses were for Pruitt’s round-the-clock security detail, which billed $428,896 in travel costs. The agency spent an additional $339,894 on staffers traveling with the former administrator. The “questioned amount” the inspector general’s office identifies for possible recovery is the $123,941 that taxpayers spent on flying Pruitt and a security agent in first- or business-class, instead of coach.