Gonna throw the BS flag on this and clarify some... I am a former travel guy. Since the invention of DTS, which allows a commander to have more purview of his funds- no seriously that is how they sold it. The individuals with the power to approve vouchers for payment are not trained travel people. Most are already to busy supervisors saddled with another extra duty that only slows up getting important stuff done each day. The approver clicks through for the most part and gets to the approval section and really doesn't review expenditures. You really can't see everything on the card sometimes- if someone does do a check- they may assume the charges are at a bar- which could be a restaurant/bar so no one thinks to delve into it much further. That doesn't sound sensational and it doesn't sell scandal like saying the government allows this. Now- second part that no one does anything- I was in Finance for several years as the auditor- at most bases air and army- that I had dealings with if you utilized your GTC at unauthorized places there were/are consequences. This is a good story, but steeped more in want than substance. Now on the Congressional side of this....eh my guess is this is true. They are entitled however as we the people serve them. Off my soap box and sorry for the long response.
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