Millions of dollars government employees charged to federal credit cards went for less-than-appropriate perks ranging from digital cameras to dating services, sexy lingerie, laptops, and a $13,000 postal party, reports the Washington Post. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that 48% of major purchases on federal credit cards violated rules.
Some $2 million worth of purchased items couldn't be accounted for. "Too many government employees have viewed cards as their personal line of credit," said a senator. "It's time to cut up their cards." Money "intended to pay for critical infrastructure, education, and homeland security is instead being spent on iPods, lingerie, and socializing," he complained.