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Postal Regulatory Chairman Racks Up Big Travel Bills

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Postal Regulatory Commission Commissioner Ruth Goldway. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 04:23 PM

Despite the fact that the U.S. Postal Service lost almost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway spent nearly $40,000 on travel, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

According to documents obtained by the Free Beacon, Goldway spent more than $36,000 between 2012 and 2013 on travel related to her official duties as chairman of the independent agency that has regulatory oversight over the Postal Service.

The Postal Service workforce has been cut through attrition from 788,000 to 491,000 since 2000 and nearly 16,000 post offices have had their operating hours cut in an attempt to lessen the USPS debts, reports USA Today.

Goldway's lavish spending on travel to exotic locations, such as Rio de Janeiro, has been the subject of scrutiny from lawmakers for years.

In 2012, The Washington Post obtained internal documents that showed Goldway had incurred at least $70,600 in official domestic and international travel expenses since she became chairman in 2009.

Among the countries she has visited during her time at the PRC are: Switzerland on several occasions, Belgium, China, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and Scotland, according to The Hill.

In a Feb. 17, 2012 response to questions from Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, Goldway provided details about her travel, which she claimed "demonstrates that Commission travel is in support of statutory obligations, performed in a cost-efficient manner, and benefits the Commission, the Postal Service, and the mailing public."

Goldway and the PRC office have consistently defended her travel, telling The Washington Post in a statement that the chairman "attends only those [conferences and meetings] that are beneficial to the Commission and the Postal Service in terms of sharing information about activities in the U.S."

However, sources have told The Free Beacon that her attendance is rarely "vital" and that she is scheduled to travel to Switzerland on Saturday to attend a Universal Postal Union meeting. That comes after a September trip to Sweden for an international Postal Service conference.

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Despite the fact that the U.S. Postal Service lost almost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway spent nearly $40,000 on travel, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
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