Some HUD Employees Used Government Travel Cards for Potentially Improper Charges
Of the more than 95,000 fiscal year 2016 travel card transactions, we identified 3,160 transactions that totaled more than $550,000 and contained indications that the employee incurred the charge without a travel authorization. These transactions occurred at least 7 days outside all approved trip start and end dates for any given travel cardholder. Generally, travel charges occur during the dates of actual travel, and charges made outside approved travel dates indicate that they may not have been properly authorized.
Some HUD Employees Used Government Purchase Cards Without All Required Approvals
Of the more than 20,000 fiscal year 2016 purchase card transactions, we identified 1,961 transactions totaling more than $617,000 that contained indications that the employee incurred the charge improperly. These transactions occurred on weekends or holidays, were charged to agency-restricted merchant category codes, occurred after the cardholder separated, or contained indications that they were split transactions.
You can be sure that HUD did not reprimand those that were responsible for the unauthorized use of Government electronic payment cards.