Watch­dog: Pruitt’s booth vi­o­lates law

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An in­ter­nal gov­ern­ment watch­dog says 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.

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

GAO Gen­eral Coun­sel Thomas Arm­strong de­ter­mined that EPA’S pur­chase of the booth vi­o­lated fed­eral law pro­hibit­ing agen­cies from spend­ing more than $5,000 for re­dec­o­rat­ing, fur­nish­ings or other im­prove­ments to the of­fices of pres­i­den­tial ap­pointees with­out in­form­ing Congress. Be­cause EPA used fed­eral money in a man­ner specif­i­cally pro­hib­ited by law, Arm­strong said the agency also vi­o­lated the An­tid­e­fi­ciency Act, and is legally ob­li­gated to re­port that vi­o­la­tion to Congress.

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