Bill aimed at cracking down on feds' abuse of travel benefits passes Senate
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 10, 2017
The Senate approved a bill that aims to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse by federal employees while they travel for work.
The “Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act,” would help prevent purchase card misuse and abuse by requiring agencies to take a certain steps to strengthen accountability and oversight of purchases made using federal government charge cards.
It specifically calls for the General Services Administration to review its charge card purchase database to identity potential misuse.
“This bill builds on my successfully enacted Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 by adding an additional layer of government-wide oversight to the work of individual agency inspectors general,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who introduced the bill. “We’ve seen progress, as in a Defense Department inspector general report written in response to the 2012 law that highlighted some areas where the Defense Department was not properly implementing the required controls and flagged casinos as a high risk for misuse of charge cards,” he continued.
“It’ll make sure we’re looking for similar patterns of misuse across all federal agencies and that agencies are sharing best practices to prevent misuse and identify potential cost savings,” Grassley added.
The bill now heads to the House for consideration.