TVA Charge Card Abuse

Nashville, TN – Televisions, X-Boxes, and Internet software are just some of the questionable purchases made by Tennessee Valley Authority employees on their government charge cards. That's according to a recently released Inspector General's audit report. The inspector's office says spending in the program created to pay for small business-related expenses has swelled to more than 75-million-dollars annually. Nearly a third of those purchases are over five-thousand-dollars. The auditors say the program lacks "accountability and physical control." TVA managers agree and are cracking down. The program has been criticized in the past for big-ticket wining and dining of TVA friends and industrial prospects.