• Project Title:
  • Government Purchase Cards
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • September 2017

The Government Purchase Card Program provides purchase cards to agencies and departments throughout the U.S. government. The purpose of the program is to simplify the administrative work and streamline the payment process for small purchases. There are currently over 350 agencies participating in the program. In fiscal year 2016, the government spent more than $19 billion with over 20 million purchase card transactions. In the same period, the Postal Service spent nearly $424 million with 888,577 million purchase card transactions.

Each organization or deparment has specific policies and procedures regarding the use of the card, eligible purchases, receipt of purchased items, and payment. In general, the following guidance must be applied for each purchase:

• The purchase card may be used only for official government business.
• Personal use of the card is never authorized.
• No one other than the authorized cardholder may use the card.
• All purchases must be proper, legal, reasonable, and satisfy the need of the government.

The Postal Service established a number of controls over use of purchase cards:

• Single purchase limit: Each cardholder is assigned a single purchase limit for each purchase card, not to exceed $10,000.
• 30-day cardholder spending limit: Each cardholder is assigned a 30-day dollar limit for each purchase card.
• Merchant code: the program has the ability to restrict use of the card by type of supplier/merchant.

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) proposed a nationwide review of government purchase card activities as part of the cross-cutting initiative. USPS OIG, a member of CIGIE, will participate in this nationwide project and will be reviewing the Postal Service purchase card use. Our objective is to identify misused, unauthorized, and unallowable purchases made by employees through the government purchase cards.

  • What additional controls should the Postal Service put in place to prevent misuse of the purchase cards?
  • Are you aware of any instance where employees misused the purchase cards?
  • As retailers, do you have controls to identify and prevent unallowable purchases?
  • Are you aware of any instance where employees misused the purchase cards?


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  • anon

    I think one of the ways as a mail carrier there need to be controlled over when you filled up your mail trucks on Monday and you off on Tuesday come back to work on Wednesday your truck set on one inch over from been on e the cost of gas prices are rising USPS have tracking in place but there is poor training on that caused most managers can not read gps tracking system it's need to be an alert daily on the purchaser card just like the bank email you on every transaction that been made on your card USPS needs that in place I know dues to the old trucks we still used that it's might burn more gas reality if the inspection station were still in place our old trucks want pass either ways but you have abused when employee go off the the route and go home in another area that abused the USPS system just like at AMC airport which is now holiday city Carriers are missed place theirs gas card but no one is notify the inspection team this carriers done misplaced their gas cards just as well as the area keys city of Memphis have too too many young people who try to be managers but poorly run the workplace not reported area keys been lost or gas card missing in this day and time some us have the same pass word which is crazy another abused when manager give theirs purchased card to mantaince to go and pick up lysol spray for the bathroom then when they doing a party they have certainly friends of them go and pick up items for a party at work we might be one of the biggest company in the world right now but when you allow too much bad mistake take place it's caused if poor management the area manager don't care now as if today I feel like the postmaster don't cares we just don't have a voice in the USPS as employee upper management feel like station manager and supervisor have the right to call poor service it's a pure unjustified issues no one is checking the carrier s in you can go home with truck keys area keys and gas cards no one is paying any attention it's poor service

    Apr 25, 2017
  • anon

    Start at Headquarters on improper use of Credit cards. This is where most big charges are made. Hold people accountable. Do a background check on people prior to issuing them a credit card?? Good luck

    Apr 18, 2017
  • anon

    Until now i do not receive any Visa card by the Mail through the post office ... thank you

    Apr 17, 2017
  • anon

    Yes i think they sloud mail them for people I need

    Apr 17, 2017

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