The government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the Associated Press reports.
In a report released Friday, the HHS inspector general said that the government spent almost $1.2 million on Price's travel during his seven-month tenure, including $700,000 on military flights for two foreign and two domestic trips and $480,000 on chartered flights for domestic trips, the AP adds. The inspector general report also noted that of the 21 trips it reviewed, only one complied with all federal travel requirements. Those requirements, the AP notes, instruct officials to book travel in a cost-effective manner.
The AP adds that Price has apologized and repaid $60,000, though the report says the government should try to recover the full $341,000.
Price resigned from HHS, which includes the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, last October. He has since been replaced by Alex Azar. According to the AP, HHS says that Azar flies commercial while on official business, except for a few occasions that it says involved requests from the White House.