Apr 172018
 
 April 17, 2018  Posted by  Govt

Well, I know I really value my privacy and take steps to protect it, but a $43,000 privacy booth in my office would seem a bit over the top. But what if you’re a government official handling sensitive information?

Nah, not even then, says the GAO.

Brandi Buchman reports:

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s purchase of a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth violated federal law, according to a letter published Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

The GAO, a nonpartisan auditing and investigative agency reporting to the U.S. Congress, released its findings to Senate Democrats who requested a full review of the administrator’s purchases in 2017.

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After his appointment last year, Pruitt spent roughly $25,000 on the custom booth, and another $18,000 to reconfigure his office for the device. Pruitt defended his purchase to a congressional oversight committee in December, saying the booth acted as a makeshift SCIF, or a sensitive compartmented information facility.

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