EPA vi­o­lated law on Pruitt’s pri­vacy booth

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON - 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’s 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 de­ter­mined that EPA’s pur­chase of the booth vi­o­lated fed­eral law pro­hibit­ing agencies from spend­ing more than $5,000 to make im­prove­ments to the of­fices of pres­i­den­tial ap­pointees with­out in­form­ing Congress.

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