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Mr. Holder’s and Mr. Panetta’s travel situation is drawing more scrutiny, particularly after President Obama last year ordered all Cabinet agencies to cut back on expenses, singling out travel as an area ripe for savings.

In May, after fallout over a lavish General Services Administration conference cost top officials at the agency their jobs, the Office of Management and Budget ordered agencies to cut travel costs by 30 percent, but agencies can get exemptions if certain types of travel are related to national security.