On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Robert B. Aderholt.
Nature of Review
In 2009, Representative Robert B. Aderholt participated in a Congressional Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Lithuania, and Greece. During the trip, he received a travel per diem for meals and incidental expenses with an approximate value of $941.00. A public statement attributed to Representative Aderholt indicated that he may have retained excess per diem allocated for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, these public statements indicate that he may have retained per diem during other trips.
If Representative Aderholt’s actual meal and incidental expenses for foreign travel were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8; House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.
The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.
On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.