US govt. workers spent extra $1M to fly first class

US govt. workers spent extra $1M to fly first class

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What would your boss say if you submitted an expense report that included a $9,000 travel upgrade? That’s exactly what at least one government employee did in the past few years.

Government employees spent an extra $1 million tax dollars to fly first class between 2012 and 2014, and based on a sample, more than half those upgrades were unjustified, according to a government watchdog report released this month.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Commerce, a government watchdog, audited the federal agency’s travel log between Oct. 1, 2012, and March 31, 2014. The report shows that in 56 percent of cases, employees of agencies such as the Census Bureau and Patent and Trademark Office have been fudging their expense reports to fly first or business class.

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