Sen. David Vitter, R-La., criticized the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement for sending four employees to Papua New Guinea to provide technical know-how in improving offshore infrastructure. Vitter said he found it "outrageous" that BOEMRE would use resources for a workshop overseas after complaining about needing funding to recruit workers for offshore permitting. The training expenses were shouldered by the Department of State, and none of the employees is involved in drilling-permit approvals, an agency spokeswoman said.

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