Thursday, July 20, 2006

AP: Homeland Security's post-Katrina spending spree

From "Department of Homeland Security employees used government-issued credit cards to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in unjustified expenses last year, including iPods, designer rain jackets and beer-making equipment, according to a congressional audit released Wednesday.

Investigators also cited more than 100 missing laptop computers that department employees bought in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Officials said some have been found.

The questionable spending and lack of oversight shows a department 'sometimes run more like a college fraternity house than an agency meant to protect us from terror,' Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement as the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee conducted a hearing on the audit by the Government Accountability Office."


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