Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Thursday asked Attorney General Eric Holder to account for $58 million in Justice Department spending on conferences in 2012, saying the cost of the trips is too high.
“In FY2012 DOJ spent more than $58 million on conferences,” the letter reads in part. “Such spending should be significantly reduced.”
Coburn included a 28-page spreadsheet of those 2012 conferences that cost more than $100,000.
“For example, DOJ’s conferences last year included nearly $500,000 for 30 DOJ employees to attend a conference in Indonesia, nearly $200,000 for just four DOJ employees to attend a seminar in Senegal, and more than $100,000 on a summit in Northern Mariana Islands that did not include a single DOJ attendee,” he wrote.