Ending the Federal Employee Spending Spree

Oct 16, 2003
Press Release
Wilson and Grassley seek to reform federal credit card program
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Credit Card Reform Act of 2003. This important legislation will substantially reform the government credit card program used throughout federal agencies for purchase and travel purposes. In 2002, there were over 2.5 million federal credit card holders with purchases totaling over $21 billion. “Recent audits of federal agencies have uncovered rampant abuse of the system, with employees using government cards for Ozzy Ozbourne tickets, tattoos, alcohol, gambling, and prostitution. While the average American family has tightened their spending in the last few years due to a slow economy, federal employees have been on a spending spree,” said Congressman Wilson. “Today, Chairman Grassley and I have introduced the Credit Card Reform Act to put an end to the waste and abuse. Chairman Grassley has led the charge on this issue, realizing early on that taxpayers would not tolerate this fraud. Our bill will require penalties for abuse when it occurs, mandate classes on proper use of the cards, require audits to be performed regularly, and make sure every employee undergoes a standard credit check before they are issued a card.” “Some federal employees must feel some disconnect from the average American. How else can we explain the brazen spending on rock & roll shows, prostitution, and gambling? They should realize that their fellow taxpayers have little patience for such abuse. We cannot turn a blind-eye to areas in desperate need of reform and oversight, and if we pass the Credit Card Abuse Prevention Act it will send a strong signal to the American people that Congress is not asleep at the wheel.” ###