Former Secretary Wastes Federal Funds on Chartered Aircraft

Former Secretary Wastes Federal Funds on Chartered Aircraft

If you are wondering where $341,000 of your taxpayer money went, look to former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price’s chartered aircraft expenses. On July 13, he resigned due to investigations of his use of chartered aircraft, MilAir, and other government travel-related expenses, which did not comply with federal regulations and HHS policies and procedures.

Out of 21 air trips Price took, only one complied with federal and HHS policies and procedures. Of the 20 trips that did not comply, 12 were chartered trips and none of those complied.

According to a summary and report on the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) website, Price’s examples of non-compliance include:

  • Not completing a cost comparison to commercial airline services
  • Not adhering to contract requirements
  • Not properly authorizing the use of chartered aircraft

The aircraft trips had insufficient authorization and voucher review, and many employees did not complete required travel card training. The total resulted in waste of at least $341,000 in federal funds.

According to NPR News, “The White House said that Trump intends to designate Don Wright, currently deputy assistant director for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at HHS, as acting secretary.”

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Michelle A. Dick has been executive editor for AAPC for over 10 years. Prior to her work at AAPC, she was editor-in-chief at Eli Research and Element K Journals, and disk ad coordinator, web designer/developer, and graphic artist at White Directory Publishers, Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the State University of New York - Buffalo State and is a member of the Flower City Professional Coders in Rochester, N.Y.
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Michelle A. Dick has been executive editor for AAPC for over 10 years. Prior to her work at AAPC, she was editor-in-chief at Eli Research and Element K Journals, and disk ad coordinator, web designer/developer, and graphic artist at White Directory Publishers, Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the State University of New York - Buffalo State and is a member of the Flower City Professional Coders in Rochester, N.Y.

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