Federal Manager's Daily Report

In a relatively rare positive review of an agency purchase card program, the inspector general of the EPA has determined the program at the Chemical Safety board to be at “low risk” and in compliance with policies including restrictions on splitting purchases.

The cards were used for 561 purchases totaling some $238,000 in fiscal 2016, and auditors found all 19 of the purchases examined, worth about $19,000, to have been conducted properly. They said that two transactions at first appeared to have been split to avoid maximum purchase limits for any one transaction, but concluded that they were proper because they involved separate purchases of training for individual employees, which are not deemed to be split tranactions.

The only issue the audit raised was the need to reconcile the Board’s records with those maintained by the Treasury Department on certain issues, which it said had been address satisfactorily.