Civilian Agency Travel Spend by Top 5 Cities

The top 5 US Cities make up 10% of the total travel spend from FY2010 - FY2018. Types of spend include lodging, rental cars, meals and incidental travel-related expenses.

Note:   Airline expenditures are not included.

GSA SmartPay Governmentwide Convenience Check Usage

Convenience checks are a payment and/or procurement tool intended only for the use with merchants that do not accept the GSA SmartPay Purchase Account.  While convenience checks are sometimes needed they should be the last source of payment when possible.  Convenience checks have additional fees associated with them and don't qualify for refunds, costing the Government more than a traditional purchase account.  

In 2010 GSA SmartPay sent out the GSA SmartPay Bulletin No. 012 to encourage agencies to reduce the convenience check usage by 5% each fiscal year.  This chart outlines the success in convenience check reduction over the past 10 years with an annual reduction between 11-19%.  

GSA SmartPay Chip Card Transactions

The GSA SmartPay Chip Card Transactions Chart shows the number of transactions of all business lines (travel, purchase, fleet) for each calendar year (CY) within the GSA SmartPay Program.  

As you can see from the chart below, chip card transactions are steadily increasing from just over 500,000 in 2015 to over 10 Million in 2019. 

Chip Card Spend Breakdown (Bar)

The GSA SmartPay Chip Card Spend Chart shows the annual breakdown of the chip card spend of all business lines (purchase, travel, fleet) of Calendar Year (CY) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.  

The chart shows chip card spend has significantly increased from $871.3M in CY2017 to $1.6B in CY2019.   

Top 5 Domestic Chip Card Merchants (Pie)

The Top Domestic Chip Card Merchants Chart shows the chip card spend for the top merchants for all business lines for Calendar Year (CY) 2018.  

The chart demonstrates the total dollar amount of the top merchants is just over 6% of the total chip card spend for CY2018.