DOD comes up short in credit check

DOD comes up short in credit check

The General Accounting Office has concluded that the Defense Department needs to limit the number of purchase cards it issues and recommended imposing credit checks on DOD employees who carry the cards.

In a report last week, GAO listed examples of misuse of government-issued purchase cards at two Navy facilities, including unauthorized purchases of home computers, notebook PCs, personal digital assistants and DVD players.

The findings came on the heels of a nine-month audit of the purchase card program at the Navy Public Works Center and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, both in San Diego.

The audit was requested by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations.

'We know there has been a serious failure to control the use of purchase cards at these two Navy facilities. But we don't know whether this lack of oversight is an anomaly or indicative of a far broader problem,' Horn said in a statement. He and Sen. Grassley have asked GAO to broaden the investigation at DOD.

Defense officials disagreed that they should limit the number of cards or require credit checks. They also opposed a recommendation for central monitoring of the card program.

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