From a purely bureaucratic pov, if the system is set up to let them use cc to make purchases, you probably have a point. However, I suspect the the improper payments most likely refer to abuses of the cc like all the expensive hotel and resturant bills. If you compound that by the likelihood that the bills aren't paid off the next month, but carried over (like w/ most people), then that would certainly put departments over their budgets (hence deeper in our pockets and deficit spending). Wonder what the APR is on all those purchases not immediately paid off the following month...
@tk--recall reading in Marcinko's Rogue Warrior where they would often purchase supplies (though with their own $$) b/c the chain of command wouldn't adapt its spending and acqusition priorities to meet the needs of the SEAL units (wrong types of rebreathers, weapons, etc...). Sometimes you just gotta improvise.
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