Commerce Department employees in 2011 made improper transactions with department purchase cards that included transactions that exceeded the card holders limit, a May 2, 2013 Commerce Department Inspector General report says.
In fiscal 2011, Commerce staff used 4,515 purchase cards for 265,423 transactions, spending $118,628,549, the report says.
Errors included incomplete and mission documentation of transactions, lack of evidence of available funds and legitimate government need and lack of vendor invoices and payment receipts, the report says.
There were procedural errors as well. Cardholders inappropriately paid state and local sales tax, did not pay invoices within 30 days and faxed purchase card information, the report says. Commerce improperly paid about $292,619 in state and local taxes, the report says.