The 84-page report states that the figure of $ 123,472 is $ 98,500, spent on 40 trips from March 1 to December 31, 2017. without sufficient justification "or by a person who was not authorized to approve it.
EPA challenged the fact that the costs were "excessive" and rejected the recommendation of the inspector general that the agency asked Pruitt and others to pay that amount.
"We live in a very toxic environment politically, especially around the environment," Pruitt said to the leader of the New Hampshire Union in 2018. "We have reached the point when there is no great courtesy in the market, you know, it has created some issues and (security) details, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat."
The report published on Thursday states that six of 40 journeys were canceled, and of the 34 trips that were completed, "16 included trips to or stopped in, Tulsa, Oklahoma – the location of a former administrator of a personal residence."
The federal funding of the six stops in Oklahoma was justified by meetings or public appearances. In 10 cases, "the former Administrator paid his own ticket to Tulsa on the weekend," he says.
Pruitt often ran on Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday from Washington, DC, to Tulsa and 19-P-0155 11 other places, and returned to Washington on Monday or Tuesday of the following week " , he said.
Pruitt originally started flying in the standard classroom coach, reported in the report, but switched to top-priority bonus points in May 2017. show hotel fees and service fees. "The report concludes that the EPA has improved some processes, for example by making sure that the officials claiming certain costs have the authority to do so, but the EPA said that it disagrees with 10 other recommendations, including what it would have Pruitt and others to reimburse the government for excessive expenses.
The agency stated in a note added to the report that $ 61,971 was for Pruitt's premium travel and that he believed that "all other expenses incurred by the former The administrator is valid. "
In one instance, he reported that the costs were related to the fact that Pruitt was called to work when he was on a personal holiday and that federal rules indicate the expediency of the government to cover these costs. Otherwise, he said that the security documentation of the detail justifying the journey of the first class was also in the file.
The agency also said that the general inspector's assessment of travel costs for security details was inaccurate. The IG report noted that the alternative documentation produced by the agency was found to be inaccurate in a few cases, so its initial assessment "will remain unchanged".