The Department of Defense Inspector General report scheduled to be released late May, reveals workers used government issued credit cards to gamble and pay for escorts. The report is expected to lead to new warnings from DOD officials. The complete report is expected to be released to the public in the next few weeks. Both civilian and military employees used their issued credit cards in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
A Pentagon official told Politico that the federal government did not necessarily pay the charges as holders pay their own bills, and submit receipts of government-related expenses. The official said the cards might have been used to shield the charges from spouses. The audit of the credit card system and not an investigation of individuals, the agencies will now be forced to remind their employees that the abuse of their credit cards violates policy and the law.
Pentagon employees abused the policies of credit card usage despite a law proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley called the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act; federal agencies must increase oversight of purchases on government issued credit cards. Grassley released a statement after learning about this latest Pentagon scandal. Read more at Examiner.com
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