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$50M+ improperly spent on DOD credit cards during COVID pandemic

January 23, 2024

Meghann Myers

Military Times

A recent Defense Department Inspector General report reveals that millions of dollars in COVID-19 funds were mischarged on government credit cards. (Navy)

By Meghann Myers, Military Times / January 23, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic forced units and offices throughout the Defense Department to stock up on a range of supplies, from disposable masks to gloves and disinfectant, all of which could be purchased with a government-issued credit card and paid off by the Pentagon.

But a DOD Inspector General review of more than 100,000 government purchase card transactions made from March 2020 to January 2022 reveals that roughly $54 million in purchases didn’t align with COVID-19 necessities.

That is nearly 40% of the $242 million spent on such needs, according to the IG report.

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