Treasury perks under wraps

Treasury employees are scrutinized for luxurious travel, but the details are kept secret.

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News broke last week that the Oregon Treasury’s investment officers have received high-profile perks ranging from free golf to fine dining while on business trips.

But while Treasurer Ted Wheeler has said there would be significant changes to travel policies, the details of the luxurious perks are being kept secret.

The cost of that coziness is a secret. The state and investment firms say what the firms spend to fly and feed state officers is none of the public’s business. Treasury officials even refused to turn over public records — agendas for meetings involving state officials — until they were given permission by the private investment firms.

Treasury officials acknowledge they have no record of what travel benefits state employees receive from the firms. They don’t seek an accounting, either from state employees or the firms.

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