Flying first class at AID

Senior AID officials, including the IG, flew business class at taxpayer expense when not allowed by agency regulations.

Senior agency officials at the Agency for International Development signed up for expensive flight upgrades on flights that were about seven hours long reports the Wall Street Journal. Upgrading to business class is only allowed on flights of 14 hours or longer.

One of the senior officials was the agency’s inspector general who has been rebuked by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for not bringing in an outside investigator and also for withholding information from Senate investigators.

Also of note, after the agency’s travel expert objected to the flights, she was removed from her position and given a new “career opportunity” in Maryland.

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Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47