Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price repeatedly failed to follow federal requirements during his travels, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funds, according to the internal watchdog of the department he once led.
The inspector general's report, released Friday morning, comes 10 months after Price, an orthopedic surgeon and former congressman from Georgia, resigned under pressure amid criticism for his extensive use of private jets while traveling on government business.
"Our rigorous review of former HHS Secretary Price's use of chartered, military, and commercial aircraft found that 20 out of 21 trips did not comply with applicable federal regulations and HHS policies and procedures, resulting in waste of at least $341,000 in federal funds," Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman for the inspector general's office, said in a statement.
Price's repeated reliance on charters during his time in office between February and September of 2017 - which included trips as short as between Washington and Philadelphia - were a striking contrast with the travel habits of his two immediate predecessors from the Obama administration.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned last week, as roughly a dozen federal investigations into his behavior swirled around him, nearly a year after the first reports of questionable behavior involving his own expensive work travel and the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office.
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