Coffee, Anyone? Homeland Security Spends $30,000 at Starbucks Using ‘Purchase Cards’

By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security officials appear to have an affinity for Starbucks.

NBC-4 Washington reports that Homeland Security employees spent $30,000 at the coffee chain in 2013.

The drinks were bought with so-called purchase cards.

At a Starbucks in Alameda, Calif., agency employees spent $12,000.

“I don’t know the agency’s needs or contingencies, but going to Starbucks seems like a really hard sell,” former Inspector General for the U.S. General Services Administration Brian Miller said.

A DHS spokesman said the purchases followed protocol.


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