The State Department’s purchase card program is at high risk of improper purchases, an inspector general report has found, although no further audit work is planned because the department is working on recommendations from previous reports.
The report said that the department’s internal controls were general adequate and were in compliance with established criteria for purchase cards. Card holders and approving officials further received the appropriate training, it said.
However, it said the department’s semi-annual joint purchase and integrated card violations reports, were “incomplete and untimely.” They contained only information from the IG and were not submitted within the 120-day requirement, “due to inadequate program staffing and cardholders not knowing or understanding department policy.”
Although the department is in compliance in some areas and is in the process of addressing those issues, the IG said the program still merits an overall assessment of high-risk because of the size of the program: 2,251 card holders made purchases totaling approximately $109.5 million in FY 2018.