Federal Employees Charged Millions in Questionable Expenses on Credit Cards

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mikepdx

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Federal employees charged millions of dollars for Internet dating, tailor-made suits, lingerie, lavish dinners and other questionable expenses to their government credit cards over a 15-month period, congressional auditors say.

Out of a sample of purchases totaling $2.7 million, the government could not account for hundreds of laptop computers, iPods and digital cameras worth more than $1.8 million. In one case, the U.S. Army could not say what happened to computer items making up 16 server configurations, each of which cost nearly $100,000.

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Credit cards issued to Federal employees, like those issued in corporate America, are SUPPOSED to be used for business related expenses (like hotels, travel meals, misc expenses while traveling, etc.) The cards are issued in the users name and they are supposed to be responsible for the charges.

That's the party line.

We all know this doesn't hold true in either government or business. Employees will use the cards for personal items or outside the 'supposedly' allowable conditions.

Where things get bad is when the tax payers get stuck for the bill when the employee fails to pay. Firing a 'civil servant' (now there is a contradiction in terms) takes a near unanimous vote by Congress, an edict from the Pope, and a bolt of lightening from the skies. But abuses like this should be punished by loss of job, garnishment of pay, and some quality bunk time with new roommate Bubba.

Trouble is, the worst of the government offenders are the ones who make the rules. CONGRESS. Maybe if they set a better example. I expect to have that guy in the red suit with the pitchfork tell me it's frozen over before Congress cleans up its act.
 
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