Federal Watchdog Says Scott Pruitt's $43000 Phone Booth Violated the Law

EPA Broke The Law When It Spent $43000 On A New Phone Booth For Scott Pruitt, Government Watchdog Says

"According to the analysis, agency officials must notify Congress before "obligating or expending an amount in excess of $5,000" on office improvements".

The Government Accountability Office issued its findings Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt's spending.

In an unusual management alert issued Monday, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins said his staff had reviewed personnel documents for six employees who were hired or had received raises under the Safe Drinking Water Act since Pruitt came to the agency a year ago.

"The new information provided by Mr. Chmiewelski, if accurate, leaves us certain that your leadership at EPA has been fraught with numerous and repeated unethical and potentially illegal actions on a wide range of consequential matters that you and some members of your staff directed", the lawmakers wrote to Pruitt.

The Washington Post reported that the addresses are pruitt.scott@epa.gov, esp7@epa.gov, adm14pruitt@epa.gov and sooners7@epa.gov.

Though Congressional notification was the only subject of the brief, GAO also remarked that EPA already has two Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs)-installations through which classified information can be shared.

The GAO had been asked to investigate the matter by Democratic lawmakers.


"It is critical that EPA and all federal agencies comply with notification requirements to Congress before spending tax payer dollars", the Wyoming Republican said. Scheduling director Millian Hupp, 26, saw her salary jump to $114,590, with raises totaling more than $48,000. Jackson approved them using the authority granted under an obscure provision in a clean water law, the documents said.

In a April 4 meeting with Fox News, " Pruitt asserted he wasn't sure perhaps whoever authorized the raise turned into a career EPA worker or some political appointee. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said EPA needs to make "a full public accounting" of its spending on Pruitt's phone booth.

The agency violated the law by using more than $5,000 of fiscal 2017 appropriated funds for an unintended goal without giving lawmakers advance notice, GAO investigators wrote in a report released Monday.

"We found, however, that a $12,375 chartered flight he took in June 2017 after speaking at the developmental camp for the Golden Knights, a professional hockey team based in Las Vegas, Nevada, could have been avoided", it added.

The hockey team is owned by Bill Foley, a donor to Zinke's past congressional campaigns.

Specifically, Trump's EPA violated a portion of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Acts and the Antideficiency Act.

Zinke has also taken heat for other types of spending, including the fix of doors in his office that cost thousands of dollars.

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