Reps. John Mica (R-FL) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter yesterday to the head of the Government Accountability Office requesting an investigation into potential mismanagement and abuse of federally issued charge cards.
In the letter, the Congressmen said the investigation should have a focus on micro-transactions, purchases that are capped at $3,000 per transaction but which collectively can add up to billions of dollars. They also want to know how well GAO’s recommendations to prevent charge card abuse from its 2008 report are working at various agencies.
The letter specifically requests GAO to do three things:
- Determine the extent to which, if any, internal and other control weaknesses identified in earlier GAO reports persist in the government purchase card program
- Assess what actions, if any, OMB and GSA have taken in response to past GAO recommendations and to what extent these actions have been effective at various agencies
- Identify specific examples that help illustrate various types of fraudulent, abusive or other improper transactions or loss of assets