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Fri Sep 22, 2017, 09:50 PM

Health Secretary Price's use of private jets under review

Source: Reuters

#POLITICS SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 / 2:36 PM / UPDATED 8 HOURS AGO

Health Secretary Price's use of private jets under review

Reuters Staff
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price’s use of private jets for government travel was under investigation on Friday after an internal watchdog agreed to review the issue following calls by Democrats for a probe.

Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson’s office said it would request Price’s travel records and seek to review their justification.

Price has taken at least two dozen such charter flights since May at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of about $300,000, according to Politico, which first reported the travel.

HHS’s Office of the Inspector General “is conducting a review of Secretary Price’s federal travel using chartered aircraft. The review focuses on whether the travel complied with Federal Travel Regulations, but may encompass other issues related to the travel,” said Levinson’s spokeswoman, Tesia Williams, adding that it would be finished as soon as possible.

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