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Again Admitting the waste....
The chairman of Amtrak has acknowledged that spending by the rail agency in hiring outside attorneys for Amtrak executives for an in-house investigation was "wasteful."
Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper told six senior members of Congress in a recent letter that "funding counsel for both sides of an internal, non-criminal investigation is wasteful, particularly when the witnesses are not targets of the investigation."
Mr. Carper's comments contrast with Amtrak's public statements defending the practice. The Washington Times reported this month that several top Amtrak officials had declined to participate in an investigation by the rail agency's office of inspector general until they first were provided their own attorneys at the government-funded company's expense.
It was an usual request considering that the officials were not targets of the probe.