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Purchasing card policies questioned in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — State watchdogs want to know why the Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides so many purchasing cards to its employees.

The Dayton Daily News reports that an Ohio Inspector General's report has called for a review of the policy after finding that one worker used a purchasing card to pay for his home heating for more than a decade.

There have been 4,045 purchasing cards issued for the state's 54,049 employees. The cards are used like credit cards. Only one agency has even half the 1,216 cards that the Department of Natural Resources issues.

The report follows the finding that a supervisor at a fish hatchery in Erie County has used a card to pay for propane to heat his home on hatchery grounds.