What They Are Saying Today About Secretary Shulkin’s Travel Transparency

VA news release from this morning: VA Expands Transparency Efforts, Detailing Secretary’s Travel.

Amid Cabinet controversies, VA promises to post secretary’s travel details online Leo Shane III, Military Times

“In response to the growing scandal of Cabinet officials using pricey private aircraft for business trips, Veterans Affairs officials announced Friday they will post details of all official travel by department Secretary David Shulkin online to provide transparency about his travels. ‘Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know about my official travel as secretary, and posting this information online for all to see will do just that…,’ Shulkin said.”

VA Secretary David Shulkin discloses official travel details Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY

“Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced Friday that his department would disclose details about his official travels, in an attempt to be transparent as the travels of other members of the administration come under scrutiny. The department will regularly update a page that includes any travels by private and government aircraft, as well as itineraries of official international and domestic trips. ‘Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government, and I’m pleased to take another step in that direction with this move,’ Shulkin said in a statement.”

Shulkin says no charter jets as VA secretary, launches new website tracking his travel By Dan Diamond, PoliticoPro

“Shulkin – …with unusual bipartisan support in Congress — announced a new website that includes Shulkin’s itineraries and details about his use of non-commercial jets. The VA said the site will be updated within five business days after the conclusion of an official trip. Shulkin described this as the latest move toward transparency at an agency that has been mired in scandal over the past several years. Shulkin has also posted wait times at VA facilities, lists of disciplinary actions against employees and other data.”

VA publicizes Shulkin’s travel schedule amid scrutiny over Cabinet spending Nikki Wentling, Stars & Stripes

“VA announced it will post Shulkin’s itineraries of international and domestic trips, as well as who accompanies him and whether he uses private or government aircraft. On Friday, the information was online at the VA’s new ‘Secretary’s Travel’ page.”

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