The 84-page report indicates that the value of $ 123,942 is from a total of $ 985,037 spent on 40 trips between March 1 and December 31, 2017.
IG says spending is "excessive" because it was incorrect "
The EPA opposed the characterization that the costs were" excessive "and rejected the Inspector General's recommendation that the agency would ask Pruete and others to pay off this amount.
"We live in a very toxic environment politically, especially around environmental issues," said Pruith to the New Hampshire Union leader in 2018. "We have reached the point where there is not much politeness in the market and it is created, this has created some problems and details (security), the level of protection is determined by the level of threat. "
The report, published Thursday, said six of the 40 voyages were canceled out of the 34 trips were completed, "16 included a trip to or had stops in, Tulsa, Oklahoma – the location of former administrator of personal residence. "
Federal funding for six of those outages in Oklahoma was justified by meetings or public appearances, according to the report. In ten cases, "the former administrator has paid a plane ticket to Tulsa for the weekend," he said.
Pruitt often leaves on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from Washington DC to Tulsa and 11 other places and returns to Washington on Monday or Tuesday the following week, "he said.
Pruitt initially started flying to a standard coaching class, the report said, but moved to first class seats in May 2017.
In addition, six canceled trips cost the government $ 106,701, a sum that includes "taxis cancel / do not show hotel charges and service charges. "
The report concluded that the EPA has improved some processes, such as ensuring that officials who approve certain costs have the power to do so. However, the EPA said it disagreed with 10 other recommendations, including one in which Pruitt and others would reimburse the government for excessive spending.
The agency said in a memorandum attached to the report that $ 61,971 was for Prwit's premium trip and believed that "all other fees attributed to the former administrator are valid."
In one case, it was said that the costs were due to Pruith's call to work while he was on leave, and that federal regulations say it is appropriate for the government to cover these costs. In another case, it is said that the security documents that justify the first-class trips were recorded.
The Agency also stated that the Inspector General's assessment of travel security costs was inaccurate. The IG report states that the alternative documentation produced by the agency is determined to be inaccurate on several occasions so that its initial assessment "will remain unchanged."