EPA watchdog faults Pruitt's $3.5 million security costs

WASHINGTON – Environmentally friendly Protection Agency neglected to document any threats or security risks that warranted spending greater than $3.5 million on unprecedented around-the-clock bodyguards for then-chief Scott Pruitt, the agency’s internal watchdog concluded on Tuesday.

The EPA allowed Pruitt with the exceptional administrative team to boost the protection detail to 19 agents, up from six for Pruitt’s predecessor. That “undocumented decision represents an inefficient by using agency resources,” the inspector general concluded.

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