Inspector General's Office at DHHS Launches Investigation Into Top Trump Appointee

The inspector general's office of the Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing HHS Secretary Tom Price’s taxpayer-funded travel on private jets, a spokesperson told POLITICO.

“We take this matter very seriously, and when questions arose about potentially inappropriate travel, we immediately began assessing the issue,” the OIG spokesperson said. “I can confirm that work is underway and will be completed as soon as possible.”

POLITICO first reported on Tuesday that Price had been taking private jets to conduct official business for months. Democrats on Wednesday formally requested an investigation.

The review focuses on whether Price complied with Federal Travel Regulations but may address related issues, the spokesperson said. Those regulations expressly advise officials that “taxpayers should pay no more than necessary for your transportation.”

Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense since early May, including a flight on a private jet to Oklahoma this week, POLITICO reported on Thursday.

(Via Politico)