New found awareness with Panetta?

Panetta regrets expense of his weekend trips to California home, says he’s looking for savings

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday he regrets the cost to taxpayers for his weekend trips to his California home, but says it’s important “just to get your mind straight and your perspective straight.”

Panetta said he’d try to find some savings, with each round trip costing approximately $32,000…

…“I regret that it does, you know, that it does add costs that the taxpayer has to pick up,” Panetta said during a Pentagon briefing Monday, speaking publicly for the first time about the flight costs. “A taxpayer would have to pick up those costs with any secretary of state or secretary of defense. But having said that, I am trying to look at what are … the alternatives here that I can look at that might possibly be able to save funds and, at the same time, be able to fulfill my responsibilities, not only to my job, but to my family.”…

…Based on fuel and other operating expenses for his Air Force plane, the 27 trips have cost the government as much as $860,000…

Oh now he regrets it?  Now as the GSA is getting it’s umm hat handed to it Panetta regrets it.  Humm

Here is my post of the original story long ago.

SoD has it figured out. Flying cheap

Just the same as with any member of Congress, Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare for every personal flight he takes. But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour


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