"EPA's Pruitt Under Spending Probe; Senators Urge His Ouster"

"WASHINGTON - The White House budget office said on Wednesday it was probing whether a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt violated the law, while dozens of Democratic senators called for him to resign over allegations of ethics lapses.

Pruitt has been under fire for potential ethics lapses, including flying first class, excessive spending on security, and the rental of a room in a Washington condominium owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist.

The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing whether spending on the booth installed in Pruitt’s office broke a law prohibiting federal agencies from incurring expenses in excess of available funds, known as the Anti-Deficiency Act. "

Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters April 18, 2018.


"A Guide to the Investigations Faced by Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief" (New York Times)

"Labor and Civil Rights Organizations Call For EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Ouster" (Washington Post)

Source: Reuters, 04/19/2018