EPA's Scott Pruitt Under Fire For Costly Flights

EPA's Scott Pruitt Under Fire For Costly Flights

While Bowman told The Washington Post that the booth "is something which a number, if not all, cabinet offices have", a salesman for the company installing the room told The New York Times it was unusual and ended up costing almost four times that of comparable booths.

An EPA spokeswoman said the EPA's SCIF needed to be updated, so they opted for this more advanced option from Acoustical Solutions.

While a privacy booth of this magnitude is unique, the idea of secure locations in government offices for sensitive information to be shared is not.

When asked how many times Pruitt has flown private or government planes, an EPA spokesman said there was one round trip on a private jet and two trips on a government plane.

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Add EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to the ever growing list of Trump administration officials who have used private planes for government duties.

They also reported that Pruitt has taken other steps to increase security in his office, such as making employees give up their cellphones and other devices when coming into his office.

Former EPA officials disclosed that the agency already had an SCIF.

"Pruitt also has shied away from using email at EPA, often preferring to deliver instructions verbally and hold face-to-face meetings". The shift stems in part from public disclosure by The New York Times in 2014 - following an open-records request of emails - of how Pruitt and other attorneys general had worked closely with the oil and gas industry to oppose Obama administration environmental safeguards.

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He flew back to Denver on a private plane after the tour of the mine and after announcing he'd consider paying for more damages caused by the spill. On Wednesday, they sent letters to agencies and the White House asking for details about Cabinet officials' use of non-commercial flights, writing that they have until October 10 to respond. The detail now includes about 18 people to cover round-the-clock needs and his frequent travel schedule.

Acoustical Solutions has done work for various government entities over the years, including building soundproof wall barriers at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and installing sound-dampening wall and ceiling panels at the State Department, Agriculture Department and other agencies.

Snider said the EPA's request for a secure booth for the head of the agency was unusual. The EPA's request was something different altogether, he said.

On Wednesday, President Trump said he was "not happy" with Price over the reports of his private plane use, and said "we'll see" when asked if he'd fire Price.

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