EYE FOR AN EYE?
Don’t look now, but certain bureaucrats carrying Uncle Sam’s credit card in their wallets are back to spending your hardearned taxpayer dollars on everything from first-class travel to Hawaii to laser eye surgery.
The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) has obtained a new Congressional Research Service report detailing abuses in the federal government travel card program, costing taxpayers “millions of dollars annually.”
The CRS report looked at Government Accountability Office and federal inspector general reports and found, among other improper or unauthorized charges: $3,700 for laser eye surgery; reimbursement of nearly $10,000 for tickets that an official never purchased; a charge for a first-class trip to Hawaii; and numerous upgrades to premiumclass accommodations.
Even worse, federal agencies failed to recover millions of dollars in unused travel tickets. For example, the Department of Defense had $100 million in unused tickets from 1997 to 2003.
Noted Scott Amey, POGO’s general counsel: “A private travel agency would be out of business running this kind of operation.”
John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes .com.