March 14, 2014
A government audit found employees from the Environment Protection Agency used federally-issued charge cards to buy gym memberships, gift cards and other items that were either forbidden or not even documented.
The report by the office of the Inspector General faulted the agency for not keeping track of scores of transactions made by employees authorized to use so-called “SmartPay” cards. It found more than half of $150,000 in expenditures singled out for scrutiny was not in compliance with federal regulations.
“The EPA did not provide effective oversight to ensure that purchase card holders and approving officials comply with internal control procedures,” reads the abstract of the report, entitled ”Ineffective Oversight of Purchase Cards Results in Inappropriate Purchases at EPA.”