He regularly flies first class and has had trips specially routed so he could spend time at a home he owns in Oklahoma.
Two weeks of travel for him and his aides cost taxpayers more than $120,000 last June, and in December he took aides on a five-day, $40,000 trip to Morocco.
Once, he spent $5,719 on a 40-minute private jet flight from Denver to Durango, Colo. He did not request approval for the flight until after he had already taken it.
Expensive Furniture, Some of It Bulletproof
Mr. Pruitt’s head of security wanted to spend about $70,000 to replace two desks in his office suite, one with a bulletproof model. An aide objected and the bulletproof desk was not purchased, but two other expensive desks were.
One was a brown maple wood stand-up desk, with brass locks, that was purchased from a craftsman. The second was an oversize desk with decorative woodworking that some E.P.A. employees compared to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Mr. Pruitt had it refurbished for $2,075.
Expanded 24-Hour Security Detail
Mr. Pruitt expanded his security detail to 20 members, almost three times as many as guarded his predecessor under President Obama, Gina McCarthy. Unlike Ms. McCarthy, Mr. Pruitt also ordered his security detail to work overnight and to follow him wherever he went.
Mr. Pruitt’s team also wanted to be issued a bulletproof sport utility vehicle with so-called run flat tires, which allow a vehicle to keep moving even when its tires have been hit by gunfire.
A Flashy Motorcade
Mr. Pruitt, who has a reputation for running late, wanted to use flashing lights and sirens with his motorcade so he could travel across Washington faster. Some of the trips were to the airport, but at least one took him to Le Diplomate, a trendy French restaurant in an upscale neighborhood.
A motorcade with flashing lights and sirens is a traffic-stopping perk usually associated with the presidency, and using one to go to a fancy restaurant is not consistent with E.P.A. policy.
An Office Security Booth
Mr. Pruitt wanted to build a special security booth in his office so he could have conservations without being overheard by E.P.A. employees.
An aide suggested turning a broom closet into a secure room at a cost of $10,000 but Pasquale Perrotta, a new security chief at the E.P.A. whose immediate predecessor had objected to Mr. Pruitt’s spending, shot down that idea.
Mr. Perrotta wanted a more elaborate chamber that included technology that would keep voice or data transmissions from being intercepted. In the end it cost almost $43,000.
“He wanted to be treated like he was the president,” said David Schnare, a prominent conservative lawyer and climate change skeptic, who served on the Trump administration transition team at the E.P.A., after an earlier 30-year stint at the agency that started in the late 1970s.
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