The Department of Defense has a long way to go in order to manage and oversee the strategic sourcing, monitoring, and auditing of purchase cards in accordance with both the National Defense Authorization Act and the DoD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2003, the General Accounting Office has said.

Congress’ fiscal watchdog said DoD was allowing cardholders to verify their own creditworthiness, which increases the potential for misuse, rather than having a third party conduct a credit check.

The Pentagon and the military services have punished cardholders who were found guilty of fraudulent use and started educating cardholders and officials on proper use, GAO said. But it also said that although the military services have changed their purchase card policies to act as a basis for future disciplinary actions, they have yet to strongly discipline those cardholders GAO identified for misuse. Get Report