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Homeland Security Department Is Accused of Credit Card Misuse and More...

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posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 06:41 AM
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www.nytimes.com...





ON, July 18 — Flat-bottomed rescue boats at double the retail price, $68,500 worth of unused dog booties, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of computers that somehow disappeared and a $227 beer brewing kit.

These are just a few of the questionable purchases that Congressional auditors have found by digging through half a year of credit card records from the Homeland Security Department, including records for the months immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year.

The audit, by the Government Accountability Office, which is due to be released Wednesday, concluded that the credit card misuse could probably have been avoided had the department completed a long-planned rulebook for its more than 9,000 employees who spent $420 million last year using government-issued credit cards.

Instead, “due to a lack of leadership” at the department, the draft manual has never been finished, creating accounting weaknesses that “leave D.H.S. highly vulnerable to fraudulent, improper and abusive activity,” the audit says.



Two stories for the price of one:





by Steve O @ 12:29 pm
Oh. My. God.

The world is going to hell in a hand basket, thousands of US soldiers are dead, thousands of American civilians are dead because of Bush’s incompetency and the federal defecit is spinning out of control. So what do these Republican Senators decide to do? They decide that it’s the perfect time to go fishing with lobbyists and executives from major U.S. industries. Shouldn’t they be legislating or something? Shouldn’t they be figuring out how to get us out of Iraq? Shouldn’t they be worried about their constituents instead how they are going to line their own pockets?

Sometimes, staying the course is stupid. This November change the direction.



www.teambio.org... licans-go-fishing/



Can we tie these two stories together and wonder if they're using the flat bottom boats for fishing?





posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 02:37 PM
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Get it?

Missing money?

Boats? Fishing?

Never mind



posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 02:42 PM
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I'm just upset about all those dogs, running around bootyless.
There is nothing worse than a bootyless dog.
Except maybe hundreds of bootyless dogs.

If we could only create a giant bureaucracy that had no people in it.
Then, and only then, would accounting find a "zero" at the bottom of thier spreadsheet.

[edit on 20-7-2006 by spacedoubt]



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