Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced Friday that his department would disclose details aboutÂ his official travels, in an attempt to be transparentÂ as the travels of other members of the administration comeÂ 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 thisÂ 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. “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’s announcement comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price faces criticism forÂ his own use of private planes for official business. Price has apologized for the chartered flights and vowed to put an end to the practice.
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According to the VA, Shulkin has not yet taken any private aircraft for official business.
He has taken six domestic trips on government aircraft, four of which were on Air Force One.Â
He has also taken two international trips: a September tripÂ to Toronto for the Invictus GamesÂ and another to Copenhagen and London. The Copenhagen and London trip included tours of palaces and a river cruise down the Thames.
TheÂ Washington PostÂ reported that the VA’s decision to start disclosing Shulkin’s travels came after it obtained a copy of the Europe itinerary.Â
The Post reported that the department covered the airfare of and provided per diem for Shulkin’s wife, Merle Bari. The agency told the Post that she was traveling on “approved invitational orders.”
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