Ever have trouble policing your company’s T&E policy? You ain’t seen nothin’ until you look at what federal workers used government-issued credit cards for.
The Government Accountability Office looked at credit-card abuse at several departments within the federal government.
Among some of the questionable purchases:
- An Agriculture Department employee wrote 180 convenience checks for more than $642,000 to a live-in boyfriend over a six-year period. They used the money for gambling, car and mortgage payments, dinners and retail purchases. (Yes, that was certainly convenient.)
- Postal Workers spent $14,000 for Internet dating services. (Through rain, snow or sleet, the dating must go through.)
- A State Department worker bought $360 worth of women’s lingerie at Seduction Boutique for use during jungle training for a drug-enforcement program in Ecuador. (What, doesn’t everyone get an underwear allowance at work?)
What’s the most outrageous T&E request you’ve ever had to reject? HRB would like to hear from you. Post your comments below.