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Bill aimed at cracking down on feds' abuse of travel benefits passes Senate

The Senate approved a bill that aims to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse by federal employees while they travel for work.

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. 

Reader comments

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Great idea does this also mean the congress senate and their staff will not be able to take fact finding missions/junkets to Los Vegas and other places on the dime of tax payers. Probably not so it is time to give the congress senate, some SES and management bloats a one way ticket out of federal service.

Mon, Aug 14, 2017

It would be great that the crooks that abuse the system are held responsible and their actions should have consequences but we shall see. If you do not expect anything there will be no disappointment.

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Once again, a waste of taxpayer dollars to establish a "committee" to prepare "reports" on a process that is already established.There are already policies and systems in place for this.

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Most federal travelers if given the option would prefer to use a personal credit card. Additionally, the card holder is responsible for all charges made and the bill has to be paid within 30 days regardless if the travel claim payment is dispersed or not. How much fraud is truly happening and is more oversight needed?

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

I don't get it. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that the travel vouchers and/or charge card expenses are correct and accurate. If the supervisor and the employee have used the GOVCC incorrectly, they should both be monetarily penalized and be suspended with NO PAY FOR 3 days. You want to make employees and supervisors responsible, cut their pay and you'll see them tote the line. And if a second offense occurs, FIRE THEM as they can't be trust. Harsh, you bet. I am squeaky clean with the use of my GOVCC and I expect all others to do the same. And as long as we're talking about travel, here's a concept long overdue: All frequent flyer miles earned by federal employees should be put into a new account just for use by veterans and their families. The taxpayer pays for government travel and the benefits should go back to the Govt., not the employee.

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