How Much Can Government Employees Spend at Starbucks? You’d Be Surprised…

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There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and government waste.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

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.

… 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.

That is an impressive amount of coffee. While the tens of thousands of dollars might not scratch the surface of our national debt that now stands at over $18.3 trillion, it’s the principal of the matter. Egregious spending on non-essential items adds up, and that same thoughtless arrogance towards spending other people’s money in all parts of government is exactly what got them into this financial mess in the first place.