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Scott Pruitt’s $43K soundproof phone booth reportedly broke spending laws.

The EPA chief’s much mocked $43,000 “cone of silence” — a soundproof phone booth he ordered installed in his office — violated federal law governing how taxpayers’ money could be spent, a new report said Monday. Scott Pruitt blew past the law that says agency heads can’t spend more than $5,000 to furnish, redecorate or...
Time: 13:08     Date: 16.04.2018
Last US News: Scott Pruitt’s $43K soundproof phone booth reportedly broke spending laws. NY Post 24 - US News

Scott Pruitt blew past the law that says agency heads can’t spend more than $5,000 to furnish, redecorate or make improvements to their offices without Congressional approval, according to the Government Accountability Office, The Washington Post reported.

GAO general counsel Thomas Armstrong said the agency also violated the federal Antideficiency Act, “because EPA obligated appropriated funds in a manner specifically prohibited by law.”

The EPA claimed that the soundproof booth — like that used by bumbling spy Maxwell Smart from the 60’s sitcom and 2008 flick “Get Smart” starring Steve Carrell — was not part of the redecoration of Pruitt’s office so the $5,000 cap didn’t apply.

The agency argued that the booth allowed Pruitt to “make and receive calls to discuss sensitive information … (up to the top secret level) for the purpose of conducting agency business,” the paper reported.

The EPA also said that the booth was “analogous to other functional items an employee might require to perform his job duties such as a high speed computer, high speed copier/scanner, or television” — even though no previous agency head had a similar set-up and there were secure lines already in place at EPA headquarters.

But Armstrong said the “EPA was required to notify appropriations committees of its proposed obligation.”

Armstrong also said his decision was not a ruling on whether the EPA and Pruitt should have installed the phone booth to begin with.

“EPA’s failure to make the necessary notification is the only subject of this opinion.”

Pruitt — who has also come under fire for expensive travel and a sweetheart deal on a room in a DC condo he rented from a business lobbyist until he was tossed out — claimed that the private phone booth was a necessity.

“It’s necessary for me to be able to do my job,” he told lawmakers.

Despite his assorted controversies, Pruitt has remained a favorite of President Trump for his anti-regulation and pro-business stances.

But those same attributes have turned him into an enemy of environmentalists, who charge that his policies have rolled back important protections.

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