New Rules Issued For Use of Government Aircraft

Sep 30, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will now have to approve all use of “government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft.” New rules were issued on Friday clarifying their use by government officials in the wake of Secretary Tom Price’s resignation. Several other officials in the administration are facing scrutiny of their use of government aircraft. The Director of Management and Budget issued a letter saying, “Every penny we spend comes from the taxpayer. We thus owe it to the taxpayer to work as hard managing that money wisely as the taxpayer must do to earn it in the first place.” The OMB director said, [W]ith few exceptions, the commercial air system used by millions of Americans every day is appropriate, even for very senior officials.” Democrats in Congress have called for administration officials to resign for their use of government aircraft. However, they have been silent about Senator Robert Menendez’s use of private aircraft in exchange for contributions from one of of his financial backers.