PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hundreds of credit cards issued by the district to teachers and staff have questionable oversight and controls.
Procurement cards, or p-cards for short, are school district-issued credit cards for the purchases of last-minute supplies.
They are a convenient and streamlined way of keeping the wheels of education turning.
A KDKA investigation has found that the Pittsburgh Public Schools have issued no less than 650 of these cards to teachers and staff, who are racking up millions of dollars of purchases every year.
And while the cards are not supposed to be used for personal purchases, Controller Michael Lamb says it’s a system of loose oversight and controls that IS based mainly on trust.
“When you have that many cards, you lose control,” Lamb said. “And when the proper procedures aren’t in place, you create the opportunity for fraud. And that’s what you have in the school district right now.”