May 1, 2002
Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Statement of Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General U.S. Department of Energy
Testify on our February 2002 report entitled, “U.S. Department of Energy’s Purchase Card Programs—Lessons Learned.” Since 1998, the Office of Inspector General has conducted over 20 audits, inspections, and criminal investigations involving 12 different offices and sites in which Federal, contractor, or grantee employees were found to have misused purchase cards. Our work in this area includes the SmartPay program and other similar purchase card programs. Many of the allegations we investigated were prompted by information from the Department, contractor and grantee officials, and contractor internal auditors.