Hey, Big Spender

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 12:36 pm by Neal

John J. Miller at the Corner notes a story about Your Government at Work. Just think of what they can buy when President Obama repeals the Bush tax cuts!

Wash Post:

Federal employees used government credit cards to pay for lingerie, gambling, iPods, Internet dating services, and a $13,000 steak-and-liquor dinner, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, which found widespread abuses in a purchasing program meant to improve bureaucratic efficiency.

Such as:

In a case the GAO deemed “abusive,” the Postal Service spent $13,500 in 2006 on a dinner at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Orlando, including “over 200 appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold.” The tab came to more than $160 a head for the 81 guests, the report said.

Also this:

In another case at the State Department, a cardholder spent $360 at the Seduccion Boutique in Ecuador to buy “women’s underwear/lingerie for use during jungle training by trainees of a drug enforcement program.” The report does not include further details, but it says a State Department official “agreed that the charge was questionable.”

We bet those “big spending” Postal Service and State Department employees get a promotion.

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