Senate Passes Measure to Crack Down on Feds’ Charge Card Abuse

The Senate this week voted to tighten controls and increase oversight of federal employees’ use of agency charge cards, taking action after a string of recent reports of abuse.

The 2015 Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act, introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., would require agencies to boost the use of data analytics and strategic sourcing to limit improper purchases by federal workers with their government cards. The bill would also force agencies to work together to share information on questionable transactions and create an “interagency charge card data management group” to develop best practices on limiting them.

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