Government charge card program essentials

Accountability, analytics and risk management

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US treasury bulding and gardenChanges to government charge card programs guidance allow for a broader aperture for internal control procedures, enable a focus on areas of greater risk, and encourage the pursuit of enterprise services, analytics tools and economies of scale.

“A Risk Management Framework for Government Charge Card Programs,” OMB Circular A-123, Appendix B, was revised by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2019. Its intent is consolidation of government-wide charge card program management requirements and guidance issued by the OMB, General Services Administration (GSA), Government Accountability Office (GAO), Department of the Treasury and other federal agencies. It serves as a single document for incorporation of new guidance or amendments and establishes minimum requirements and best practices for card programs that may be supplemented by individual agency policies and procedures.

Improve accountability in your mission, strategic objectives and performance goals. Ensure an effective internal control system to, for example, keep the momentum going in agencies; update your risk profile; and examine the control environment, operational processes, risks and priorities. Supplement management with an analytics-based solution to convert program policies and guidance into analytic tests that can mine charge card data for potential violations or misuse. In addition, review GSA Smart Pay program resources for ways to buy smarter, eliminate redundancies and increase efficiencies.

Read “Be Smart: See Green in Government Charge Card Programs” for the GAO Green Book components and principles, and aligned card program examples and best practices.


Wendy Morton-HuddlestonWendy Morton-Huddleston
Principal, Public Sector Advisory
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