Scott Pruitt’s security detail not properly justified: EPA’s IG report

September 4, 2018

An internal investigation found that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly justify spending $3.5 million in a security detail for former administrator Scott Pruitt, according to a new inspector general report released on Tuesday.

“Failure to properly justify the level of protective services provided to the Administrator has allowed costs to increase from $1.6 million to $3.5 million in just 11 months,” the report read.

The audit also pointed out that the legally questionable security detail did not have an approved standard for operation that explained how it determined the necessary level of security for the EPA administrator.

More than $100,000 in additional costs were incurred because security officials worked overtime.

Mr. Pruitt left his role as head of the EPA in July, amid a myriad of scandals related to misuse of federal funds and connections.

Tuesday’s report is expected to be one of several inquiries into Mr. Pruitt’s activity in office.

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