Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife did not receive written approval from the State Department for the bulk of her taxpayer funded trips over the past two years, according to the department’s Office of Inspector General.
Talking Points Memo reports:
In its report, the State OIG concluded that Susan Pompeo took eight official trips between April 2018 to April 2020. Out of those trips, only two had documentation of written approval. Four trips were given verbal approval by the under secretary of management, but he did not document his approval. There is no indication of approval for the remaining two trips.
Official travel means that the trips are government-funded. Otherwise, any non-official passengers on those flights must reimburse the government.
The State OIG wrote: “For family travel that is considered representational, not only does the family member not have to reimburse the government for the flight(s), but he or she also receives significant travel support from the Department at no cost, including provision of a control officer and many hours of support from Department employees.”
“OIG recommends that in order to ensure that the Department has appropriate documentation for internal control and record keeping purposes, the Office of the Secretary seek and gain written approval for all representational travel, and that the Under Secretary for Management or other authorizing official document in writing the approval for all representational trips by any family members,” the State Department’s inspector general said.
TPM reported that the OIG “did not suggest any firings or penalties in its report,” which “was prompted by a whistleblower complaint into Susan Pompeo’s trips.”
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