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.
  • Records from the Department of Defense regarding senior official use of “MilAir” flights on military aircraft.
  • Records from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding senior official use of government aircraft operated by the FAA.
  • General Services Administration records of the Senior Federal Travel (SFT) reports filed by federal agencies regarding travel by senior federal officials and non-federal travelers who join them on government aircraft.

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 soon 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.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s travel on military jets cost taxpayers more than $800,000, and more recently, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt drew criticism for first class, military, and charter flights costing more than $160,000.

Updates

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Trump Cabinet Air Travel on Government Jets

April 6, 2018
American Oversight today filed a lawsuit to uncover records of senior Trump administration officials’ use of taxpayer-funded travel on government-owned aircraft.

Investigation Update: Swamp Airlines – Private Jets at Taxpayer Expense

February 23, 2018
American Oversight is investigating the Trump Administration’s repeated use of chartered aircrafts and military planes for government travel. High-priced travel at taxpayer expense has become a pattern in the Trump administration--from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin who took a plane to see the solar eclipse, to former HHS Secretary Tom Price who spent upwards of $60,000 on government chartered jets.

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation of Pruitt’s Expensive Travel Habits

February 16, 2018
Amid new revelations about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's frequent use of expensive, first-class air travel – which agency officials have admitted was intended to allow Pruitt to avoid interactions with Americans upset by the administrator's actions – nonpartisan ethics watchdog American Oversight today called on the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the EPA Inspector General to open investigations into the potential misuse of taxpayer funds.
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FAA Records Showing Uses of Certain Aircraft

Federal Aviation Administration
Agency Record
May 25, 2018

Records From IAF Regarding Air Travel for Government Business

Inter-American Foundation
Agency Record
May 18, 2018

Emails and Statements From Treasury Regarding Mnuchin Travel

Department of the Treasury
Agency Record
May 10, 2018

No Records Responses from GSA Regarding Travel Records

General Services Administration
Agency Reply
April 6, 2018

American Oversight v. DOD, GSA, and FAA – Travel on Government Planes

Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, General Services Administration
Litigation
April 2, 2018

FOIA to IAF Regarding Misuse of Taxpayer Funds for Government Travel

Inter-American Foundation
FOIA Request
March 6, 2018

FOIA Seeking Waivers and Travel Records of Head of EPA Security Detail

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
February 27, 2018

FOIA to FAA Seeking Records Related to FAA Aircraft

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
February 20, 2018

FOIA to EPA Regarding Scott Pruitt’s First-Class Travel

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
December 21, 2017

SBA Records of McMahon Travel Vouchers and Reimbursements

Small Business Administration
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No Records Response From HUD Regarding Planes

Department of Housing and Urban Development
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November 28, 2017

No Records Response From FAA Regarding Uses of FAA Aircraft

Department of Transportation
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DOL Response to FOIA Request Regarding Government Use of Airplanes

Department of Labor
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FOIA to GSA Regarding Senior Federal Travel Data

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
October 18, 2017

FOIA to DOT Regarding Plane Usage

Department of Transportation
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October 17, 2017

FOIA to DOD Regarding Plane Usage

Department of Defense
FOIA Request
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FOIA to Commerce Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Commerce
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September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Energy Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of Energy
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September 28, 2017

FOIA to Department of Interior Regarding Inappropriate Use of Government Planes

Department of the Interior
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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
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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