INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE) - When it comes to state employees, do you ever wonder who's spending money and what they're buying?
There's a new way to find out.
State Auditor Suzanne Crouch says you can now see what state employees spend on travel or emergency purchases through the state's transparency portal.
The "Procurement Card" emergency purchases have a $500 limit. As Crouch explains, they're used when something goes wrong that would jeopardize a state project or slow down a service.
On March 31st, for example, we found the Dept. of Natural Resources spent $72.04 at Artic Cat of Mount Vernon for repair parts. Whatever their project, they needed the part. Crouch says, if these state employees had to go through traditional channels, it could take 3 to 6 week to get approval. If they hadn't gotten the part, it may have stalled the project.
The card lets them buy the repair part and keep going.
Crouch says the state has 28,000 full time employees, fewer than 5 % are authorized to use these cards.