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Ineffective Oversight of Purchase Cards Results in Inappropriate Purchases at EPA

EPA OIG Report No. 14-P-0128 March 4, 2014: “The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 states the Inspector General is to conduct periodic assessments of the agency purchase card and convenience check programs to identify and analyze risks of illegal, improper or erroneous purchases and payments. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) also looks for categories of purchases that could be made by means other than purchase cards in order to better aggregate purchases and obtain lower prices. In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) active cardholders spent more than $29 million in purchases. The EPA did not provide effective oversight to ensure that purchase card holders and approving officials complied with internal control procedures.”

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