Non-partisan watchdog group American Oversight today released official calendars received via FOIA documenting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ first six months in office. An analysis by American Oversight found that during that period – which stretches from February 8th to July 19th – DeVos only completed a full day of work 67% of the time. You can find an annotated version of Secretary DeVos’ calendar HERE.
American Oversight is calling for the Department of Education’s Inspector General to investigate whether Secretary DeVos’ frequent absences have had an impact on the management of the department and whether adequate records of her work are being maintained.
DeVos frequently worked less than four days a week, regularly leaving the office on a Thursday afternoon and returning late the following Monday morning.
DeVos’ personal travel regularly took her to luxury vacation spots, including Aspen, Vero Beach, and Savannah.
Four out of twelve of DeVos’ official trips were to Florida, a state where she owns a vacation property and has extensive ties.
On days she was out of the office on personal travel, DeVos’ calendars show few examples of remote work. 15 work days have no entries for any official work.
On her 25 partial days, DeVos averaged less than four hours of work.
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