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Government Purchase Cards: Little Evidence of Potential Fraud Found in Small Purchases, but Documentation Issues Exist

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GAO examined what actions GSA and OMB have taken since 2008 to enhance program controls over micro-purchases and whether weaknesses exist in the approval process for them and, if so, whether there were indicators of improper or potentially fraudulent purchases.


It was recommended that GSA:

  • Reemphasize OMB guidance to obtain and retain complete documentation of micro-purchases.
  • Require cardholders to document purchase request and preapproval for self generated purchases.

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