March 30, 2004
The budget constraints cited for the Thailand conference "didn't crimp" an HHS-sponsored delegation that Thompson led to Africa in December 2003, according to figures from HHS documents, Science reports (Science, 3/26). Thompson toured four African nations with a U.S. delegation of lawmakers, business leaders and religious groups, including Randall Tobias, head of the new State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, CDC Director Julie Gerberding, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/11/03). Although several of the non-government guests reportedly paid for themselves, HHS spent $726,734 for Thompson and about 36 government employees to go on the trip. The costs included $11,000 in cell phone charges, $10,000 for a public relations firm and nearly $400,000 for a chartered airplane, according to records obtained by Science (Science, 3/26).
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