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 “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, Sep 13, 2017

Look at the FACTS: The abuse typically comes from high ranking military personnel and high ranking civil service personnel. Are we going to "forgive them" and give them a promotion like is typically done? I remember taking an E-6 to NJP (Non-judicial Punishment) and credit card abuse and my the skin of his teeth, he was able to pay back all and stay in the military. Unfortunately, he received a disciplinary report (Page 13) in his record. Then we had a Commander who purchased a set of luggage on her card and absolutely NOTHING was done to her. In fact, when she got to her next command, she received the rank of Captain! The E-6 was a MUCH harder worker than the CDR......shame on the Navy!

Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Does this mean that if your preference is to use your own Credit Card then seek reimbursement for expenses, that would not be allowed anymore?

Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Remember a great number of SES and Supervisory positions donot supervise. They are just plain bloat awarding each other and pontificate their importance. This ares needs a good systematic wash out but alas it will not happen.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Management bloats ... a certain percentage of management do nothings say they are teleworking when actually they on the golf course, shopping or at home watching tv. The government credit card is a joke, most individuals are honest and they should be able to use their own credit cards.

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.

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