The GAO report says Pruitt violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which prohibits an agency from paying more than $5,000 to redecorate or furnish a presidential appointee's office without congressional approval, The Washington Postreported.
The agency also found that the EPA violated the Antideficiency Act by spending more than the amount approved by Congress for office renovations.
The EPA did not immediately respond to request for comment; the organization had said that the phone booth should not be included as part of office decorations, a claim the GAO rebutted in its report. 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.
EPA spent about $25,000 on the privacy booth and an additional $18,000 on costs associated with modifying a storage closet connected to Pruitt's office to accommodate it.
Dez Bryant hints that he will not sign with highest bidder
The Ravens added Michael Crabtree and John Brown in free agency, but adding another wide receiver has to be on the radar. Bryant is a three-time Pro Bowler, but he has not reached 1,000 yards receiving or 10 touchdowns in a season since 2014.
"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", GAO said. The lawmaker cited "new information" his committee had obtained regarding Pruitt's official travel and his housing rental agreement previous year with the wife of an energy lobbyist. Also being sought is information about the lease for a bedroom in a Capitol Hill condominium that Pruitt rented previous year. In it, the lawmakers recounted alleged spending abuses by the EPA chief that Chmielewski had shared with them.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) said in a statement that EPA must explain why it thought spending the money on the phone booth was legal. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees EPA. Later, he also met with Republican staffers on Gowdy's committee, resulting in Friday's letter from the chairman.
While the agency did turn over documents last month detailing almost $68,000 in previously undisclosed travel costs for Pruitt during the seven months leading up to February, Gowdy said EPA officials have failed to produce the security waivers that Pruitt used to justify his purchase of premium tickets at taxpayer expense.
The agency concluded that the EPA should report the violations, which would require a report to the President and Congress, according to federal law.
On April 14, 2018 at approximately 1230 hours, Odessa Police responded to 12th and Alleghaney in reference to shots being fired. The officer said Oliver removed a lighter from his pocket when she approached him, and he provided a false name .
Oladipo wasn't seen as a franchise-changing player when IN acquired him along with Domantas Sabonis IN the trade for Paul George. The Cleveland Cavaliers came out and lost Game 1 of their playoff series against the Pacers; and they lost pretty convincingly.
He had a solid 2015 regular season and postseason that was topped by a 90-yard effort against Carolina in a Super Bowl 50 win. Anderson had been on the roster bubble for a while, and many expected the Broncos to release him earlier this offseason.
Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response. The US-led strike was launched even though the OPCW fact-finding team was due to head to Douma on Saturday.
The world number one needs to win the tournament or long-time rival Roger Federer will regain the top ranking. I'm enjoying being here in Monte Carlo in an event that always brings me to the best feelings possible.
On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, onion prices soared higher by 42.22 per cent whereas potato prices rose by 43.25 per cent. The inflation data for January was revised upwards to 3.02 percent from the provisional estimate of 2.84 percent.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar's Damn has won the Pulitzer Prize for music - the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award. The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising USA journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music .
The cosmetics included brands such as Kylie, MAC and Anastasia - the reality television celebrity Kylie Jenner's cosmetics line. The UK beauty industry is worth £4 billion and it is thought that social media has played a big part in the growth.
Symptoms of E. coli infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Health officials said children under the age of 5, seniors older than 65 and those with weak immune systems are most vulnerable.
However, lawmakers we spoke with say they've been very clear that the education budget will not change. They will wear red, as have other teachers protesting low pay in other parts of the country.
Netflix's Breakout May Boost Stock to Record Highs
The Internet television network reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts' consensus estimates of $0.41. It operates in three divisions: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming, and Domestic DVD.The P/E ratio is 249.32.
Expect wet, windy weather for the north valley's Monday
Last weekend's strong gusts of winds will still be present over Monday and Tuesday , with Force 5 winds going down to 2 and 3. Widespread rain and storms are looking more likely during this time, including over the drought-stricken western plains.
KKR canter to 71-run win over Delhi
IPL 2018, KKR vs DD at Eden Gardens , latest update and cricket score: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs. However, the shining star of KKR Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine took 3 wickets each and snatched the match from the DD's jaw.
Have Mercy! John Stamos is officially a father
Stamos first announced he was going to be a father this past December, telling People magazine , "I will be a fun dad". Check out the adorable first look at young Billy Stamos , below.
Donovan Mitchell: Questionable for Game 2
However, he was pulled just a minute later after the coaching staff saw him limping on the court after hitting a jumper. The best-of-seven series continues with Game 2 on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Binghamton student in custody in fellow student's death
The suspect, who fled on foot, was described as a light-skinned male wearing dark trousers and a dark hoodie, according to police. Haley Anderson, 22, was a nursing student who was strangled to death at an off-campus residence on March 9, Pix11 News reported .
South Dakota e-commerce sale tax fight reaches US Supreme Court
But three justices - Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy - have suggested a willingness to rethink those decisions. Software does exist that would allow online retailers to easily automate the state and local sales tax collections process.
Barbara Bush in 'failing health
It started when she attended reading day at her son's school. "She's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years". Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health , a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.
Trump Slams Comey, He "Committed Many Crimes!"
Former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos for "20/20" on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on ABC . Is Donald Trump unfit to be president? "Look, it's been very clear that James Comey is a self-admitted leaker".