Update: On February 15, 2018, CREW received records detailing the travel information of Scott Pruitt and his team of advisers. Click here to read Senior Adviser to the Administrator Sarah Greenwalt’s travel expenses during Pruitt’s trip to Italy in June of 2017. Click here to read documentation of Pruitt’s and other members of Pruitt’s team’s (Kevin Chmielewski, Samantha Dravis, Lincoln Ferguson, Hodayah Finman, Amanda Gunasekara, Millan Hupp, Ryan Jackson, and Jane Nishida) travel during that same trip.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, CREW requests:
- Copies of all records concerning authorization for and the costs of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s use of non-commercial aircraft for any official travel since his confirmation on February 17, 2017. This includes all such authorizations Administrator Pruitt or anyone acting on behalf of Administrator Pruitt sought, whether or not such authorization was granted.
- Records sufficient to show the amount of money budgeted for Administrator Pruitt’s travel, whether on a yearly or fiscal year basis, for 2017 and 2018, and the amount budgeted for the Administrator’s travel for 2016.
Recent news reports have focused on the use by agency heads of non-commercial aircraft for official government travel. Yesterday, it was reported on June 7, 2017, Administrator Pruitt used an Air Force jet at a cost of at least $20,000 to travel from Cincinnati to JFK Airport, and then on to Italy for a conference commencing three days later.
The requested records would shed light on the extent to which Administrator Pruitt has used government funds for travel on a non-commercial aircraft, and the justification for that use.