Government Watchdog Says Pruitt’s $43,000 Phone Booth Broke the Law

A soundproof phone booth built for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt cost more than $43,000 and circumvented federal rules for office renovations, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
In an eight-page letter to congressional Democrats, who had requested a review of Pruitt’s phone booth project after reports of it surfaced in the press, GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong wrote that the EPA violated two federal laws by failing to notify Congress before spending the money and by using those funds in a manner prohibited by law. The second violation is a function of the first—because the agency did not notify Congress, the funds used to build the phone booth were not legally “available” when the EPA used them.
The bigger question might be why Pruitt needed a phone booth that costs as much as a brand new BMW.
For comparison sake, there is a soundproof booth at the Reason office,

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