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Letter to Chairman DeFazio Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest Involving Former Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

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On October 11, 2019, and December 20, 2019, Chairman Peter DeFazio of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure requested that we investigate reports of potential conflicts of interest and favoritism involving former Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Prior to receiving Chairman DeFazio’s letter, our office had opened a preliminary review regarding the issues raised in that letter as well as other matters. This letter provides information on our preliminary review and subsequent formal investigation into potential misuses of position. We referred our investigation’s findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia on December 16, 2020, and the U.S. Department of Justice Public Integrity Section on December 17, 2020, both of which declined prosecution.