(NRSC News) – Despite the fact that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has done a whole lot of nothing to fix or improve the nation’s transportation sector, he sure does travel around a lot.
Now an internal watchdog is planning to conduct an audit of Buttigieg’s use of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) jets for official business, at the prompting of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. On Monday, the plans for an audit were announced by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.
A memo from the office explains that the audit will analyze all trips taken by DOT secretaries since Jan. 31, 2017. Rubio requested the audit to determine whether Buttigieg’s use of FAA planes complied with department guidelines in light of a Fox News report that the former South Bend mayor has flown on a private jet 18 times since taking his position in Biden’s Cabinet.
“The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) guidance to executive department heads allows executives to travel on Government aircraft but with restrictions,” the memo reads. “The guidance states that, to minimize cost and improve the management and use of Government aviation resources, Government aircraft shall be used only for official travel or on a space available basis, subject to certain policies and authorizations.”
The Washington Post revealed that Buttigieg’s office confirmed he has used FAA planes for 18 flights over seven trips, saying it was less expensive for taxpayers to do so for all but one trip. The total cost of those flights was $41,905.20 for Buttigieg and his staff.
A DOT spokesperson said Buttigieg “flies commercially the vast majority of the time.”
“The exceptions have been when the Department’s career ethics officials, who have served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, determined that the use of a 9-seat FAA plane would be either more cost effective or should be approved for exceptional scheduling or security reasons,” the spokesperson stated.
On Monday, Buttigieg expressed that he was “glad” for the audit as it would clear the air regarding “misleading” information about his travel history.
“Glad this will be reviewed independently so misleading narratives can be put to rest,” Buttigieg tweeted. “Bottom line: I mostly fly on commercial flights, in economy class. And when I do use our agency’s aircraft, it’s usually a situation where doing so saves taxpayer money.”
Glad this will be reviewed independently so misleading narratives can be put to rest.
Bottom line: I mostly fly on commercial flights, in economy class. And when I do use our agency’s aircraft, it’s usually a situation where doing so saves taxpayer money. https://t.co/wUtBtjx9CT
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) February 27, 2023
The DOT spokesperson echoed Buttigieg’s sentiments saying the audit will be an opportunity to “put some of the false, outlandish, and cynical claims about the Secretary’s mode of travel to rest.”
According to a copy of the letter sent to the inspector general, Rubio made the request for the audit in December. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley questioned Buttigieg’s use of private jets in January which resulted in a DOT response Monday that 119 of 138 total flights taken have been commercial.
“Use of an FAA plane in limited, specific cases has helped to maximize efficiency and save thousands of taxpayer dollars,” the department wrote in response to Grassley. “Because the FAA already budgets for the operation, maintenance, and leasing of the fleet for core FAA missions, government officials’ use of an FAA aircraft incurs limited marginal operating costs.”
Considering Buttigieg has done absolutely nothing while serving as Transportation Secretary it only seems fair that an account be given for his use of FAA private jets. Buttigieg has been the biggest failure amongst the many failures within Biden’s totally incompetent, woke Cabinet.
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Why not borrow Nancy’s broom? Much cheaper!
There needs to be an investigation not only on this issue but every single disaster that Buttigieg has created since starting this role. He is BEYOND GROSSLY INCOMPETENT! This man is strictly milking a paycheck off taxpayers by strictly being in the role due to being LGBTQ! Sorry, I want him impeached, period! He certainly has shown out to be a disgrace to this country as well as the LGBTQ community!
Between Buttigieg, Lightfoot, Drag Queens, mental cases like Levine, Brinton, and many other unhinged leftists LGBTQ psychos, they have royally F’d up everything for the LGBTQ right conservatives from making any positive efforts in this country. They are absolutely the gutter trash and an all out enbarassment and disgusted we are lumped in with the trash!