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EPA Spending Nearly $25K to Build Administrator Scott Pruitt a Soundproof Phone Booth

Per government records obtained by the Washington Post, the Environmental Protection Agency is spending tens of thousands of dollars to build the agency’s head a soundproof telephone booth in his office.

The EPA has signed a contract for $24,750 with a Virginia-based company to build a “privacy booth” for Administrator Scott Pruitt. The booth is expected to be completed early next month. The booth the EPA is having constructed for Pruitt is typically used for hearing tests but is being customized so that Pruitt can take calls without worrying about being monitored.

The Post noted that no other EPA administrators have had a setup installed like this in the past.

They also reported that Pruitt has taken other steps to increase security in his office, such as making employees give up their cellphones and other devices when coming into his office. He’s also shied away from using email, preferring to give orders personally.

On top of that, even though Pruitt has looked to shrink the size of the agency, he’s tripled the amount of security personnel assigned to him compared to previous directors. Currently, he has 18 dedicated to his personal security detail.

Pruitt isn’t the only one being scrutinized for potential government waste and overspending on the taxpayers’ dime. Recently, it has been revealed that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of government funds to travel via private jet.

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