We issued this report to analyze the risk of illegal, improper, and erroneous purchases made through the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) charge card programs.
The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 (Act) requires that all executive branch agencies implement safeguards and internal controls for purchase, travel, and integrated cards as well as centrally billed accounts. It also establishes reporting and audit requirements. The Act tasks Inspectors General with, among other things, conducting periodic risk assessments of agencies’ purchase card or convenience check programs to identify and analyze risks of illegal, improper, or erroneous purchases and payments. Similarly, the Act requires that Inspectors General of executive agencies that have more than $10 million in travel card spending periodically audit or review travel card programs to analyze risks of illegal, improper, or erroneous purchases and payments.