Feds gouged Americans for passports And made a tidy profit to cover "other expenses." We want to know what you think. Budget Travel Tuesday, Nov 6, 2007, 11:50 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016

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Feds gouged Americans for passports

The Associated Press has concluded that the $97 per passport fee that the State Department has been charging is higher than the cost of processing passports.

Over the past year, as the government issued nearly 14 million new passports, it collected at least $111 million more in fees than its stated costs for processing passports, says the AP.

The State Department may have "profited" from the overcharges, using the extra income to pay for other expenses. This profit, or overcharge, may have been at least $14 per passport.

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