posted on May, 7 2004 @ 01:37 AM
Surgical enhancements, a mounted deer head, designer briefcases and pricey wine are among goods improperly charged to U.S. government credit cards by
employees, according to a report released on April 28, 2004. The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said in a report that
hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved each year if there were stricter controls on the use of government credit cards. The government-wide
purchase card program began in 1989 with the aim of streamlining federal buying and cutting down on processing costs. Card use was initially
restricted to procurement personnel but later expanded. From 1994 to 2003, the GAO said the use of government purchase cards increased from $1 billion
to $16 billion. In most instances bills are paid directly by the government. GAO audits of purchase cards found ineffective management, oversight and
weak internal controls at the departments of Agriculture, Army, Navy, Air Force, Interior, Justice, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
I find it sickening that our government just hands out these things like candy. I had one when I was in the Navy, and they gave it to me for
"emergencies only", and to use during travel on Official Business.
However, these credit cards are so abused it's not even funny. Yeah, they monitor the use of them. But once something is bought, that's it. There
is nothing you can do about it.
I personally think they should be more discreet in choosing personnel responsible enough to handle these.