The agency violated the law by using more than $5,000 of fiscal 2017 appropriated funds for an unintended goal without giving lawmakers advance notice, GAO investigators wrote in a report released Monday.
The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"The privacy booth is analogous to other functional functional items an employee might require to perform his job duties such as a high speed computer, high speed copier/scanner, or television", the EPA letter said. Thus, the booth was a practical addition to the administrator's office and did not violate the specific appropriations law provision since it was not "an aesthetic improvement" contemplated by that measure, according to the agency.
Gowdy on Friday sent a letter to Pruitt requesting more documents relating to his travel and his controversial housing situation.
"Today's GAO report is the latest proof of the rampant corruption and misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency under Administrator Pruitt", Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota, said in a statement. The total price of around $43,000 included renovations to prepare space for the booth, including removing a closed circuit camera system.
"A classified phone can not simply be put on an office desk or in a conference room", EPA said.
In its explanation to the GAO included in the report, the EPA equated the booth to other necessary office supplies and argued it was needed to "support specific mission requirements" and allow Pruitt to carry out agency business "without concern that classified, deliberative, privileged, or sensitive information might inadvertently be disclosed to those who are not meant to receive such information".
Back in December, Pruitt told the House Energy and Commerce Committee he needed the equipment to conduct secure conversations with White House officials.
The room, known elsewhere in government as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility or SCIF, is typically used for reading and meetings involving classified information.
"It's simple: Pruitt broke the law, and no amount of excuses can save him now", Brune added.
"We draw no conclusions regarding whether the installation of the privacy booth was the only, or the best, way for EPA to provide a secure telephone line for the Administrator", he wrote.
The Government Accountability Office said EPA failed to comply with a law prohibiting a government agency from spending more than $5,000 in federal funds to furnish or redecorate an office of a presidential appointee such as Pruitt without first notifying congressional appropriations committees.
GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong released the agency's legal opinion in a letter to Sens.
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Temperatures Sunday morning will drop into the mid-40s with wind chills likely threatening the upper 30s in a few spots. Some thunderstorms may pop up early Sunday afternoon in inland spots along the fast-moving sea breeze.
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Meanwhile, another statue of BR Ambedkar was today found vandalised in the state's Jaunpur district, reported news agency IANS. The situation was said to be under control as authorities imposed prohibitory conditions and deployed additional police force.
Thus an accumulation of ice is possible later on Saturday into Saturday night which will cause for some unsafe travel conditions. Hydro One says it has crews ready to respond to outages 24/7, and additional resources are on standby this weekend.
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