Cash Management

Benefits and Limitations of the Small Purchases Credit Card Program Gao ID: AFMD-90-89BR September 11, 1990

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal government's small purchases credit card program.

GAO found that: (1) seven participating agencies were generally satisfied with the small purchases credit card program, since it enabled them to reduce the paperwork needed to make purchases and expedite the procurement process; (2) agencies were generally dissatisfied with the administrative fee they paid for using the small purchases credit card; (3) the administrative fee will decline substantially as more agencies participate in the program and total government purchases with the card exceed $50 million; (4) the agencies' reported savings to the Department of Treasury could be inaccurate; and (5) four of the seven reviewed agencies had various weaknesses in their implementation of the internal controls over the small purchases credit card programs.


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