Fiscal Year 2013 Risk Assessment of SSA's Charge Card Programs

Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Report Number: 
A-13-14-14055
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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This report addresses the requirement that we complete a risk assessment of the Social Security Administration’s charge card programs. SSA has both purchase and travel card programs and uses centrally billed accounts (CBA) for travel. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, SSA reported about $59 million in purchase card use and about $14 million in travel card expenses. SSA does not use convenience checks or integrated charge cards, so our risk assessment only addresses purchase cards, travel cards, and CBAs.

SSA has policies and procedures in place to address the requirements in the Act regarding its charge card programs. These policies and procedures are designed to reduce the risk of illegal, improper, and erroneous purchases made using the charge cards. Also, SSA has internal controls in place to assist in overseeing its charge card programs.

In 2010, we audited SSA’s purchase card program. Based on those audit findings, the Agency’s reported corrective actions taken in response to our audit, and the various data reviewed, we believe the risk associated with SSA’s use of purchase cards is "low."

SSA has policies and procedures in place regarding use of travel cards and CBAs. We will initiate an audit of the Agency’s travel card program in FY 2014.