Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the Embassy “Design Excellence” Initiative is mismanaged and puts U.S. State Department officials in danger, in a CBS News Investigation

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said that the U.S. State Department embassy “design excellence” initiative not only costs significantly more time and money than previous embassy designs, but may also put State Department officials abroad in danger, in a CBS News investigation that was broadcast today, June 4, 2014, on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM).

These people live in very dangerous parts of the world,” Rep. Chaffetz said. “We don't have time to make sure that the building and the flowers look more pretty. We have to make sure that these people are safe and secure and can do their jobs.”

Rep. Chaffetz also weighed in on an embassy building project in Papua New Guinea, the price of which has increased from $50 million to $211 million since it began. Rep. Chaffetz told CBS News Correspondent Nancy Cordes that the project is plagued by “poor total mismanagement from top to bottom.”

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