International Billboard Research Trip 'Ridiculous,' Watchdog Says

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Transportation Officials Say Program Has 'Produced Some Victories for Taxpayers'

U.S. Transportation officials said the program has been co-financed with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and that it has produced some victories for taxpayers in the past. For instance, one trip to study prefabricated bridge technologies contributed to accelerated bridge replacement in a number of locations, with some jurisdictions reporting savings as a result.

LaHood sent his statement to ABC News Tuesday evening, saying he did not believe it met the strict test the administration is using to evaluate spending programs.

"From the outset of this administration, I have urged agency personnel to be judicious and cost-conscious in the use of official travel and we will not tolerate any abuse of the public trust," he said.

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