Swamp Airlines: Private Jets at Taxpayer Expense

American Oversight is investigating the Trump Administration’s repeated use of chartered aircraft for government travel. High-priced travel at taxpayer expense has become a pattern in the Trump administration - and the public has a right to know where our tax dollars are going.

What We’re Seeking:

  • Records from 13 Trump administration departments and agencies regarding the use of private, government, or other chartered aircraft for executive travel.

Background:

On September 19, 2017, it was discovered that then-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price had been using a government plane for his travel at taxpayer expense. According to Politico, during just one week Price used a chartered jet for five different trips — costing the government upwards of $60,000. Price resigned from his position, but he was far from the only Trump administration official to be flying in luxury and letting the public pick up the bill.

Questionable cases of taxpayer-funded travel have become sadly common among officials in the Trump administration – even when they fly on commercial aircraft. In another example, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also faced criticism after it was learned that he and his wife had used a government plane to travel to see the solar eclipse. American Oversight previously called for an investigation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s extensive travel to visit his home state of Oklahoma.

We’re continuing to investigate travel among Trump’s cabinet and seeking documents related to their schedule, expenses, and any additional travel involving the use of government jets.

Related Documents

December 21, 2017

Records From SBA Regarding Planes

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
November 6, 2017

DOL Response to FOIA Request Regarding Government Use of Airplanes

Department of Labor
Agency Record
October 18, 2017

FOIA to DOD Regarding Plane Usage

Department of Defense
FOIA Request
October 18, 2017

FOIA to DOT Regarding Plane Usage

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
October 12, 2017

Memo From Treasury Regarding Mnuchin Travel

Department of the Treasury
Agency Record
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Commerce Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Energy Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Energy
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Interior Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of the Interior
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Labor Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Transportation Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Education Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Education
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to EPA Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to HUD Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to OMB Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to SBA Regarding Use of Government or Private Planes

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to Treasury Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
September 28, 2017

FOIA to USDA Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
September 20, 2017

FOIA to HHS Regarding Tom Price’s 5 Trips Using Government Plane

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
September 20, 2017

FOIA to HHS Regarding Tom Price’s Use of Government Planes

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request