Audit: DHS Employees Used Gov’t Charge Card to Spend $31,413 at Starbucks

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees used a government charge card to make purchases totaling $31,413 at Starbucks, according to an audit by the DHS Inspector General (IG).

The IG conducted the audit to see whether DHS implemented quality internal controls for the usage of the government charge card to prevent illegal, improper, or erroneous purchases.

The IG found that DHS did not have sufficient oversight over these purchases and as a result a moderate level of risk remains that DHS will not prevent illegal, improper or erroneous purchases in the future. From fiscal year 2012 to 2014, DHS made transactions totaling $400 million per year using this government card.

Transactions made with the government purchase card are subject to the rules in the DHS Purchase Card Manual. Problems arose when transactions did not comply with the manual because they either lacked documentation such as receipts or approval by a Department coordinator.

Nearly half, or 49 percent, of the sampled transactions reviewed by the IG, valued at $206,903, did not comply with at least one of the requirements set forth in the purchase card manual.