Booz Allen charges the US government $140 million in booking fees

by Ana Lopez

Even enjoying nature comes with a fee these days. And for Booz Allen Hamilton, the consulting firm that runs the recreational website people use to book campgrounds and permits to explore public lands, those fees are well worth it.

Per documents filed with the government and reviewed this week by the Wall Street Journalthe company billed the U.S. government for an estimated $140 million in traveler costs incurred between October 2018 and November 2022.

The premise is simple: when adventurers apply for a parking permit or visitor pass or book a campsite at Recreation.gov, they make a small processing fee – which then goes to Booz Allen. The company also has a government call center and an in-house mobile app.

The news comes as Booz Allen seeks to extend his five-year contract with the government – the original deal had estimated they would receive about $182 million in fees over 10 years.

According to data obtained by WSJ, Recreation.gov saw about 10 million reservations in 2022, which was about 6.2 million more than the year before.

A spike in outdoor activity due to the pandemic is believed to be the main factor in the upswing.

The government said it earned more revenue from Booz Allen’s fee than without it and competitive bids from other consultancies were higher, the outlet noted.

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