HOUSTON (AP) - A newspaper has found some unusual spending
habits by NASA employees using government-issued credit cards.
The Houston Chronicle reports today that employees used the
cards to buy items such as iPods, video games and jewelry. The
Chronicle analyzed 451,000 charges totaling more than $265 million
between 2004 and last July. The newspaper also reviewed audits,
internal reports and other documents related to card use.
Most transactions were made to vendors that appear to sell
legitimate business items. And the space agency's assistant
administrator for procurement says NASA is looking for ways to
improve processes and stop improper purchases.
The Chronicle's review comes at a time when Congress is
considering tightening purchase card regulations across government.
A federal report last month found widespread abuse in government
credit card programs.
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