EPA Watchdog Launches Probe of Administrator’s Travel

Government Executive: In the six months he has been on the job, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has made frequent trips to his home state of Oklahoma. On Monday, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins confirmed that his office has launched an investigation of Pruitt’s travel spending, and also referred the case to agency ethics officials.

Elkins sent a letter responding to separate written requests from Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. (on July 28), and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. (on Aug. 4), who pointed to EPA documents released under the Freedom of Information Act by the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit group that advocates for enforcement of environmental laws.

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