The New York City Department of Education’s regulation for usage of the Procurement Card (P-Card) is pretty straight forward. In a PowerPoint created by the Department of Education it simplify the Usage of a P-Card
<B. P-Card Usage
Emergency purchases; admissions; postage
Procurement guidelines apply: (schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/…C8C2…/PCardInstructionalGuide)
Cardholders required to obtain 3 bids when:
Purchases exceed $250 or
Purchases where aggregate amount for
*within a single fiscal year
Purchase banned via P-Card
Open Purchase orders
Out of Town Travel.
C- Part Card Limits
$15,000 maximum credit limit P-Card balance cannot exceed this amount at anytime
$2500 single transaction limit No individual purchase can exceed this amount
8 transaction per day maximum limit- P-card will be declined after 9th transaction in same day
Oddly enough Mr. Jimenez violated the P-Card Usage Regulations
On June 5, 2009, Using the name Jose David Jimenez he made 6 purchases from Expedia Travel totaling $8,503.76
The violated the amount for a single vendor in a fiscal year
The Purchases were also broken down so that non would exceed $2500
On June 8, 2009 Using the name Jose David Jimenez he made a purchase from CATHAY Pacific Airlines totaling $6,230.00 for airline tickets to Singapore.(http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_US.html?cm_mmc=SEM-US-_-GEN-MKT-16JUN13-_-Google-_-BCX_EN_sitelink_2013_CEP-cathay_pacific-0002)
Also on June 8, 2009 there was another purchase in the name of Jose David Jimenez for Thai airline totaling 370.00 for a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. Thai airline major hub in the United States is Los Angeles and its cheapest fare to Bangkok from LAX is $3,700. Meanwhile the fare from Singapore to Bangkok is $370. this would violate the DOE regulations for using the P-card for Out of Town Travel as would the trip to Singapore (http://thaiairwaysusa.com/?gclid=CJea2qL_qbsCFWQOOgodJTwAAQ)
The Grand total spend on the P-card for these trips $15,103.76 of Taxpayers money. This also violates the DOE of a $15,000 maximum credit limit.
On July 1, 2009 Using the name David Jimenez a 187.41 purchase was made at the Brookstone retail shop at Kennedy Airport. According to the regulations set forth by the DOE purchased banned from the P-Card include Personal Services. The Brookstone stores are well known for it high end items( http://www.brookstone.com/?bkiid=where2getit) Nothing in Brookstone would constitute an Emergency purchase; admissions or postage.
On July 3, 2009 Using the name David Jimenez a purchase of $269.50 was made at Tung Kee Seafood and Game restaurant in Hong Kong this purchase violated the DOE policy on Out of Town Travel.
There are two simple questions
Why did Jimenez use taxpayer money to finance this trip?
Why was Milciades Pepin on the trip if Jimenez had issues with him?