The cost to taxpayers of protecting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is going up and is expected to be nearly $8 million over the next year, a report says.
The Washington, D.C.-based website and publication POLITICO reported this week that the cost of the security detail for the Michigan millionaire is expected to be $7.74 million between now and the end of September 2019, which is when the new fiscal year ends.
That’s according to the U.S. Marshals Service, which provides around-the-clock security for DeVos, who was a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, school of choice advocate and conservative fundraiser and donor before heading to Washington in 2017 to serve the Trump administration.
A Marshals Service spokesman—who declined to say how many people are assigned to providing security for DeVos — said the final cost in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 was $6.79 million. That was about $250,000 more than originally anticipated.
A version of this article appeared in the October 10, 2018 edition of Education Week as Costs of DeVos Security Detail Expected to Increase to $8 Million Annually