SOUND­PROOF BOOTH VI­O­LATED SPEND­ING LAWS

Windsor Star - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency vi­o­lated fed­eral spend­ing laws when pur­chas­ing a $43,000 sound­proof pri­vacy booth for Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt to make pri­vate phone calls in his of­fice, an in­ter­nal gov­ern­ment watch­dog says. The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice is­sued its find­ings Mon­day in a let­ter to Sen­ate Democrats.

The pur­chase of the booth vi­o­lated fed­eral law pro­hibit­ing agen­cies from spend­ing more than $5,000 for im­prove­ments to the of­fices of pres­i­den­tial ap­pointees with­out in­form­ing Congress. It is among sev­eral se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions taken by Pruitt that are now under scru­tiny, like his use fre­quent use of first-class flights to avoid un­pleas­ant in­ter­ac­tions.

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