State Comptroller Yoseph Shapiro will examine and issue a report on the expenses of the presidential administration as part of his routine investigations for 2014, as his office has done in the past, according to a statement by the comptroller's spokesman, quoted Tuesday by the Yisrael Hayom daily. The Presidential Residence said it would continue to cooperate with the Comptroller's Office, as it has in the past.
The examination was requested by the Ometz movement after the uproar which followed the publication of a report on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's expenses. Attorney Haim Misgav, who represents Ometz, wrote to Shapiro that it is not clear if there is a separation of the 60-million shekels in Presidential Residence expenses between actual presidential expenses and those tied to President Shim'on Peres, such as those of the Peres Foundation and the Peres Academic Center, among others. He also questioned the propriety of expenses and donations associated with Peres's 90th birthday.