Nearly a quarter of all Transportation Department employee purchase card transactions in fiscal 2010 and 2011 did not comply with DOT rules for employee spending, a departmental Inspector General report says.
During those years, DOT employees spent $277 million in 450,000 transactions on their purchase cards, the report says. About $58 million of that did not comply with DOT employee spending controls, the report says.
Purchase cards are routinely used to supplies and services, the report says.
DOT auditors based the results on a sample of 413 purchases in which 84, totaling $254,000, did not comply with DOT rules.
Offenses ranged from not receiving approval prior to card use, receiving approval for purchases from officials that were not authorized to approve the purchases and not verifying fund availability prior to purchases.
In the sample, about $93,000 in improper charges were made due to not getting preapproval for a purchase. About $65,000 came from the wrong person approving the purchase. And $47,000 came from purchases made without checking if the funds were available, the report says.
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