Transportation Inspector General Releases Secretary’s Travel Review

The extensive flight use complied with government regulations.

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Inspector General, the department’s internal accountability office, concluded that Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s use of government airplanes has complied with federal regulations.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida requested an audit of Secretary Buttigieg’s use of expensive government flights. Transportation secretaries are allowed to use government flights within specific parameters. 

In September, Secretary Buttigieg said that he has taken a total of 600 flights since assuming office. The Inspector General’s report found that the secretary used government aircraft for eight trips comprising 22 flight legs. The Office of the Inspector General said the department “complied with federal regulations, policies, and procedures regarding official travel by the secretaries on DOT aircraft from January 2017 to June 2023.”

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  • For the inspectors general in each department of the federal government as they review procedures and compliance.
  • For federal legislators as they seek to hold federal officials accountable for expenses.

Sources: Reuters, Washington Post

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