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Top Trump official Seema Verma ‘abused’ government rules by spending $3.5 million in taxpayer money to boost her own profile, according to a congressional investigation



Deborah Birx et al. looking at the camera: Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images


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Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

  • Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief, “abused the federal contracting process” and “wasted millions of taxpayer dollars,” according to a new congressional investigation. 
  • Verma paid a team of expensive media consultants to help her land high-profile interviews, meet with journalists and lawmakers, and craft written materials. 
  • In one instance, Verma paid consultants nearly $3,000 in taxpayer money to put together a “Girl’s Night” at USA Today reporter Susan Page’s Washington home. 
  • In July 2020, the Health and Human Services inspector general found that Verma broke federal contracting rules. 
  • HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo called the congressional report “another reckless drive-by election year hit job” in a statement to Politico.
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Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

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