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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.
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.