EPA audit reveals 92 percent prohibited improper or erroneous purchases transactions in sample, EPA Bureaucrats Use Federal Charge Cards for Gym Memberships and Gift Cards, Inspector General report

EPA audit reveals 92 percent prohibited improper or erroneous purchases,transactions in sample, EPA Bureaucrats Use Federal Charge Cards for Gym Memberships and Gift Cards,  Inspector General report

“Fraud, the hallmark of the Obama Administration.”…Citizen Wells

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

From Americans for Tax Reform March 12, 2014.
“EPA Bureaucrats Use Federal Charge Cards for Gym Memberships and Gift Cards”

“A report released by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General has found that EPA employees have improperly used federal charge cards to purchase everything from gym memberships to gift cards. The report indicated that over 90 percent of the sampled transactions were for prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases, all paid for by American taxpayers. Ironically, Senate Democrats Monday night carried on an all-night filibuster in the hopes of generating even more power and funding for the EPA.

In order to compile the report, the Office of the Inspector General obtained a spreadsheet of 67,000 EPA transactions from Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, and randomly selected 69 transactions. They additionally selected 11 transactions that seemed inappropriate because of the name of the merchant involved. For instance, some transactions were with merchants listed as dance halls, child care organizations, music venues and theatres. Of the 80 transactions sampled, 75 were for prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases. The 80 transactions sampled totaled $152,602 and $79,254 (52%) of which were for prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases.

The report outlined nine specific internal control oversight issues, ranging from the approval of prohibited transactions by EPA officials to the outright failure to maintain transaction records. Of the primary internal control oversight issues, four were particularly outrageous, and the report found that of the transactions sampled:

  1. 35% of cardholders did not verify the receipt of purchases;
  2. 30% of cardholders did not obtain required approval prior for purchases;
  3. 25% of cardholders did not obtain funding prior to purchases; and
  4. 18% of approving officials never reviewed purchase logs.

Some specific instances of EPA employee misconduct were so egregious they are worth mentioning. In three instances, cardholders purchased gym memberships totaling $2,867. Two of those purchases were not even for EPA employees but for family members. Cardholders further violated EPA guidelines regarding inappropriate food purchases:

“Although light refreshments are defined as those that do not include portions of food typical of a meal, in one of our samples, light refreshments included all elements of a meal for an awards ceremony. Four different appetizers, chicken tenderloin, fresh fruit, pasta salad, large cookies, soft drinks and punch were purchased at a cost of $2,900. Meals are not an allowable expense for an awards recognition ceremony.”

The report also found that the purchase of gift cards by EPA cardholders was also a problem in seven transactions. For example, in one transaction 20 American Express gift cards were purchased totaling $1,588. Additionally, the report highlighted an instance where EPA employees blatantly violated records keeping requirements in that:”

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58 responses to “EPA audit reveals 92 percent prohibited improper or erroneous purchases transactions in sample, EPA Bureaucrats Use Federal Charge Cards for Gym Memberships and Gift Cards, Inspector General report

  1. citizenwells

    “President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly.

    Ernest J. Moniz, nominated to the Energy Department, and Gina McCarthy, named to the E.P.A.
    Mr. Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a tough-talking native of Boston and an experienced clean air regulator, to take charge at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest J. Moniz, a physicist and strong advocate of natural gas and nuclear power as cleaner alternatives to coal, to run the Department of Energy.”


  2. citizenwells

    January 14, 2009.

    “Lisa P. Jackson, chosen to head the Environmental Protection Agency, said at her confirmation hearing Wednesday morning that her first task would be to restore scientific and legal integrity to an agency battered by charges of political interference and coziness with industry.”


  3. Reading about all of the illegal, atrocious charges made by government employees leaves me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. But what can we expect when the top echelons are lawless? This is, no doubt, happening in every agency of our government. Thankfully, there are still some courageous inspectors general who are willing to publicize this knowledge.

  4. CabbyAZ…..
    It is now clear to me that literally every part,and government agency is NOW CORRUPTED. This includes the legislative,the judicial,and executive branches. When corruption of this magnitude occurs there is only one option,which is for 330,000,000 people to rise up and DISENFRANCHISE the perpetrating bodies,and appoint an entirely new government, which has been occuring lately in other parts of the world…notably Egypt, but to successfully execute the solidarity of the military is absolutely essential, because it is largely the military who actually does the CORRECTION of the Government. Sadly we are now seeing a lot of Lois Lerner, Barry Soetoro, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton,type of people to name only a few,who are intent on making the US into a third world country. These people are MENTALLY TWISTED persons who think they are SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHER people, and therefore they must be in command of all people on earth. I saw this coming long ago,but it looks as though nobody else even gives a damn ,and in some circles the above mentioned people are considered to be HEROS. This mentality effects a very large cross section of our population, particularly the low information crowd,who think everything in their lives should be handed to them FREE OF CHARGE. There are enough of such people to effect elections ,and the political slime know it. That is why everything is now being GIVEN to them for FREE, by the corrupted government. As I said now it will require HELL ON EARTH to correct,and there will be a hell of a lot of dead people in so doing. It appears that everybody STILL wants their good times BEFORE they do anything to help fix the corrupt government. Yet these very people will be the very first to WHINE, and scream about what is going on. They can’t have it both ways,even though their tiny minds make them think they can. If nobody wants to change anything then it looks as though our country is ALREADY LOST.

  5. Here is another insane act which is now being perpetrated in the state of New York…..when you go to put gasoline in your tank,you will not be able to dispense the fuel until you have pushed several buttons at the dispenser. The first asks you if the fuel is for a car, a truck or lawn and garden equipment. This is because the tax on the fuel will be set based upon which button you push. This is a totally insane notion to even attempt to carry out simply because everybody will select the lowest tax and then fill the tank anyway. If they want fuel for their lawn and garden equipment,they will fix their filler pipe so that it will accomodate a siphon tube….voila lower tax fuel for your lawn equipment. The people who now lead the state of New York have to be complete imbeciles to even come up with such a notion like that. It will force the oil companies to spend millions to install WORTHLESS equipment. Lately we have been seeing a lot of absolute stupidity on the part of the NEW Mayor as well. Now he is closing the charter schools,and a hell of a lot of the people who voted for him are now RAISING HELL. Notice that it is those who voted for him who are screaming the LOUDEST. har har. Now they know just how stupid Mr, De Blasio, their IDOL really is.

  6. …..but all of the NEW YORK low information crowd still thinks DeBlasio is GOD himself.

  7. ……so all you need to do is compound the state of New York by the number 50, and you will be looking at the reason why our country is going to HELL IN A HANDBASKET.

  8. Bye bye all ….Have a great day!

  9. Back for a moment….OT…
    From WND …..Judge Leon has ruled the NSA spying is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Round 1 goes to we the people, but there is another round coming,and it will be only a few days until it is put in the hands od the SCOTUS. My money says that the scotus will not touch it, and that will once again confirm whose corner they are in.

    bye bye again!

  10. W T F did Obama just say at this cermony?

    So I decided to just present what I’ve found and leave the reader to draw his/her own conclusions as to whether Mooch is a transexual….of he meant to say Michelle….he would have said Michelle…..

    Barry calls his wife “Michael”

  11. OK….I report, you decide….

  12. MortimerGarfinkle

    He must have been reading from the teleprompter and he didn’t know how to pronounce Michelle. Ha ha ha ha … this man is an idiot.

  13. citizenwells

    “Satellite Firm Says Its Data From Jet Could Offer Location”


  14. Obama’s executive branch has committed “treason” for illegally and tyrannically hacking and spying on congress, says Congressman Issa… please fight back and SHARE.

    Darrell Issa: Feds Committed “Treason” Spying on Congress


  15. CW…..
    Youare right!Just so long as the instrumentation is still pinging. If it isn’t then it is going to be TOUGH to find. I read that the pinging of the critical operational data stopped about 4 hours after the transponders were turned off. I would also add that if the pilot was the person who turned off the transponders Both would have been turned off virtually simultaneously,there would not have been several minutes of elapsed time between the turnoff of each one. In addition no pilot who is the captain of the aircraft would ever turn off his transponders while in flight. These are the links to the identification,and location of the aircraft to controllers, which shows clearly on their radar. I believe that there is a very strong probability that the aircraft was indeed hijacked, and one or two hijackers took over the actual flying of the aircraft. If this is accurate then it might be possible that both the co pilot as well as the pilot are both now dead. Another thought is that if the critical performance data continued for a period of 4 hours then this suggests that the aircraft was still airborn. With this information and knowing the airspeed of the aircraft it will be possible to pinpoint places which would have been within range of the on board fuel supply. Then if we have some selected sattelite views of the suspicious places, it might be possible to nail it accurately.

  16. Leuren Moret; Flight 370 was US demo for Putin; Patent scam; payback

  17. ….In addition I hope that investigators will be looking at foreigners who have been recently receiving flight training, particularly people who are receiving flight training on 777 aircraft. It might just be that one or both of the Iranians who were using the stolen passports were also receiving flight training at some point in the past. You do not just get in one of these aircraft and fly away with it. There is a hell of a lot of knowledge that you MUST have before you can get such an aircraft airborn ,and keep it there.

  18. CW,
    Reading about the EPA employees abusing their credit card privileges, reminds me of how I feel when the usurper, and his “lady” run up the tab with their, taxpayer funded vacations.

    Sorta like watching people after a Hurricane, running out of a store with the big screen TV they just stole. Sickening!

  19. oldsailor81 | March 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm |

    ….In addition I hope that investigators will be looking at foreigners who have been recently receiving flight training, particularly people who are receiving flight training on 777 aircraft. It might just be that one or both of the Iranians who were using the stolen passports were also receiving flight training at some point in the past. You do not just get in one of these aircraft and fly away with it. There is a hell of a lot of knowledge that you MUST have before you can get such an aircraft airborn ,and keep it there.
    I heard the two pilots on that plane had Muslim names. If they diverted this aircraft, it’s going to strengthen the argument in favor of profiling of all Muslims, as far as I’m concerned.

    They are the biggest troublemakers on the planet, and their $hit is really getting boring. Bombings, beheadings, shooting people in the head, it’s all you see from this group. Who the hell wants to be associated with that?

  20. Another step to global control over “buying and selling”?

    U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

    “The timing is right to start the transition process,” said Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information. “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.”

    The practical consequences of the decision were not immediately clear, but it could alleviate rising global complaints that the United States essentially controls the Web and takes advantage of its oversight role to help spy on the rest of the world.

    U.S. officials set strict conditions and an indeterminate timeline for the transition from federal government authority, saying that a new oversight body must be created and win the trust of crucial stakeholders around the world, officials said. An international meeting to discuss the future of Internet is scheduled for March 24, in Singapore.

    And just who are those “global stakeholders”?


  21. Thanks for your input, Old Sailor, re the missing flight 370. It seems that the Malaysian government has not yet done a lot to investigate the pilots or passengers, according to TV reports. Also, I’m just hearing now that the altitude levels varied from over 40,000 feet to down below 30,000 after the transponders were turned off. Sort of sounds like there was turmoil in the cockpit. My sincere sympathies are with the loved ones who are frantically waiting to hear something. I have to admit this has all been so riveting to me. It is such a mystery!

  22. The only thing that has kept Barack Hussein Obama afloat has been the use of stagecraft, deception, and media accomplices. But we have the power of the truth, and should use it. Let us do as Joshua at Jericho, surround the liberals, sound our horns, and watch their walls collapse.


  23. Another report now is that after last ping was noted there is a detected “seismic” ocean floor event in Indian ocean. This is all very strange. It has seemed to me that the treatment of the one pilot with the home simulator and extreme interest in the 777 has been rather innocent. Weren’t the 9/11 hijackers trained basically in simulators? And now there is also speculation that the sudden extreme altitude change was to disable passengers! A theory a minute.

  24. Report: Obama CT Social Security Number Fraud Case Awaits Judge’s Decision


  25. Here’s our boy…Trey….beating up on that damn wimp again !

    Atta Boy Trey…..sic’em

  26. RMinNC | March 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm |

    Here’s our boy…Trey….beating up on that damn wimp again !
    He shouldn’t be the only one! Where’s the rest of them, protesting the actions of this usurper!

  27. Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros Criticizes Islam For Being “The Most Intolerant Religion In The World” . . . Libs Go Ballistic…

    Andrea Tantaros, always a voice of tolerance (just kidding) joked that “The Five” should sell “Fatwa This” tee-shirts on their website. (Please, go for it.) Good Christian Tantaros, who doesn’t understand why “the left” won’t defend persecuted Christians as much as it does Muslims, declared that “Islam is the most intolerant religion in the world.” She got out her broad brush in describing Islam: “They turn on people who turn on Islam and kill them, even worse than people who aren’t Islamic in the first place.”

    Being good Christians and all, I guess that Tantaros and her friends are unaware of the rabid intolerance of the Christian religious right towards homosexuality – an intolerance based on the Christian bible.


  28. Observer | March 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm |

    Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros Criticizes Islam For Being “The Most Intolerant Religion In The World” . . . Libs Go Ballistic…
    Good for her! Sometimes the truth hurts, but it’s still the truth.

  29. Allen West: Obama is a “Faux commander-in-chief” and Hagel is “Secretary of Appeasement, Compromise and Surrender”

    Read more at http://allenwestrepublic.com/2014/03/08/allen-west-obama-is-a-faux-commander-in-chief-and-hagel-is-secretary-of-appeasement-compromise-and-surrender/#jKshzx8lXu1m3wUs.99

  30. Rosemary Woodhouse

    Trey Gowdy. Bravo
    Allen West. Bravo.

    And Trey- when POTUS stacks SCOTUS, We, the People are screwed.

  31. Did you all see this from the previous thread?

    Link between Obama and Putin.

    See more at: http://nationalreport.net/breaking-secret-putinobama-link-discovered/#sthash.F9GVRn7w.mi8385Kj.dpuf

  32. Ginger, thanks for posting that video–the first 4-25 minutes are devastating to say the least as well as informative to the Malaysian 370 situation.
    Especially how the US and other culprits fail to recognize the wreckage China pointed out–there must be time for a cover story–right??
    This lady knows her stuff.
    Thanks again for sharing this revealing video.

  33. I got this via e-mail today:
    This is Canada’s Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity. Of course we look like idiots …. because we are.

    Number 10) Only in America…could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 per plate campaign fund-raising event.

    Number 9) Only in America …could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

    Number 8) Only in America…could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

    Number 7) Only in America…can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

    Number 6) Only in America…would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens (probably should be number one).

    Number 5) Only in America….could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

    Number 4) Only in America…could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

    Number 3) Only in America…could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company(Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

    Number 2) Only in America….could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

    And Number 1) Only in America…could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

  34. citizenwells

    Good morning Zach, et al.

  35. citizenwells

    What a surprise Zach.

  36. Mark Levin protects Obama [and the dc GOP establishment].
    >>> From February 1, 2013



    “This so called fiery defender of our Constitution is a phony. Over and over again he references and spouses the merits and qualities of the Constitution while ignoring the most egregious breach of it this country has ever seen. …

    Levin not only refuses to discuss or explain his position on this issue but if anyone who does really care about this country and the usurpation of our laws, has the nerve to bring up the topic, that person is belittled and immediately dumped from the call. The message is, if you don’t fall in line with him and shut up about Obama’s false documents you are an idiot and need to be silenced.”

    [more at link]

    From >>> August 24, 2011

    “Mark Levin: Obama Not Qualified; I Don’t Mean Constitutionally; I’ll Leave That To The Goofballs”


    [go to 4:28 for “Goofballs” comment]

  37. RMINNC…….
    Based upon Trey Gowdy’s spirit I would be among the first people to suggest he run for POTUS. But there was a time when Allen West exhaled the same fire. Unfortunately he came to realise that in Congress you are among a lot of FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. He looked,and sounded like a fire and all the liberals jumped up and verbally extinguished him. I can’t help thinking that if Trey’s fire gets out of control the liberals will bring their big verbal water cannons to bear upon him,and he will be washed away by a verbal TSUNAMI created by the LIBERAL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS(Otherwise known as OVEREDUCATED WORDSMITHS)

  38. RMINNC….
    Mark Levin puts me in mind of Andy Martin the Chicago muck raker. He is exceptional at pointing out America’s failings,but he like all the rest of us can’t do a damn thing to fix it. All he manages to get said is stuff that most of us knew in 2008,or ground which has already been covered. I stopped listening to his show. Hell if I want to listen to ranting all I have to do is turn on Micheal Savage.
    Mentioning the name Micheal brought to mind the recent speech of Soetoro,in which he referred to Moooochelle, as Micheal. Either somebody errantly put that on his teleprompter,or he absent mindedly said it out of FORCE OF HABIT. Then I would ask why would somebody make such a mistake, unless he had a LOT of practice,using the word. I think it might have been another slip of the tongue similar to “MY MUSLIM FAITH” during an interview. BTW it was the same interview in which he stated he had been to 57 states. har har. How many such mistakes does it take to tell a story?But then,


    “I’d like to convey the following message to Obama. Listen, Obama: We are Egyptian women. You are listen, Obama? Shut up your mouth, Obama. Shut up your mouth, Obama! Our message to you, you donkey: No matter what you do, we will not restore the ousted president [‘Muslim Brotherhood’ leader Mohammed Morsi].”—Anonymous Egyptian woman on viral video

    Are you listening Mr. pResident?….. Shut your mouth, that’s good advice.

  40. Now that’s pretty damn clear, Mr. Obama…however;
    “At this point in time, what difference does it make?” the dead are dead, and no amount of Slick Willie teleprompting can bring them back…..

    Like that Egyptian woman said, “Shut Up Your Mouth, Obama”.

  41. RMinNC,

    This entire fiasco is becoming clearer for those that voted for this idiot, at least some of them.

  42. Surprise surprise…

    House Report Traces IRS Scandal to Obama


  43. Scroll down to where it shows Harry Bounel’s DOB, 1890, next to Obama’s name, and DOB. It shows 1890, so the SSA has evidence that shows the usurper [IS] using a stolen Social Security number, and [IS] probably getting a check every month from the “Gubmint” too!
    Obama CT SSN Fraud Case Being Stalled, Instead of Won


  44. citizenwells

    “The search for Flight 370 turned into a criminal investigation on Saturday, after Malaysia declared that the plane had been deliberately diverted and then flown for as long as seven hours toward an unknown point far from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.”

    “A satellite orbiting 22,250 miles over the middle of the Indian Ocean received the transmission that, based on the angle from which the plane sent it, came from somewhere along one of the two arcs. One arc runs from the southern border of Kazakhstan in Central Asia to northern Thailand, passing over some hot spots of global insurgency and highly militarized areas. The other arc runs from near Jakarta to the Indian Ocean, roughly 1,000 miles off the west coast of Australia.”


  45. Demorats have got their voters staged for the next election.

    Dem-Run Philly Now a Sanctuary City for Illegal Aliens


  46. Google Wants to Redact Court Doc Showing How It Mines Personal Emails


  47. Gore effect!

    Global Warming Lecture Cancelled Due to Blizzard


  48. Illegal NSA Phone Metadata Spying can Reveal Everything about Your Life


  49. NBC Poll: Only 26% Say They Are More Likely To Vote For A Candidate If They Support Obama…


  50. citizenwells

    Satellite data shows hijacked MH370 was last seen flying towards Pakistan OR Indian Ocean as investigators search pilots’ luxury homes and reveal one had home-made flight simulator


  51. Good Morning CW, et. al. –http://www.birtherreport.com/2014/03/report-alabama-supreme-court-chief.html

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