FY 2018 Audit of Science and Technology Bankcard Program Indicates Risks   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Highlights: "'The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012' requires the Office of Inspector General to conduct an annual risk assessment and periodic audits of agency charge card programs. We conducted this audit to determine to what extent S&T [Science and Technology Directorate] implemented internal controls to ensure that its Bankcard Program is managed and maintained to prevent illegal, improper, and erroneous purchases and payments, as required. [...] Although the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) had internal controls in place to ensure it managed and maintained its Bankcard Program as required, S&T did not always adhere to Department of Homeland Security and internal purchase card policies and procedures. Of 421 purchase card transactions selected for review, we identified 394 transactions that did not have required supporting documentation, separation of key transaction duties, approvals and other required signatures, or did not comply with other risk-based procedures. According to S&T officials, these issues occurred due to shortfalls in program oversight and training, as well as outdated policy. As a result, we identified $63,213 in questionable costs associated with purchase card transactions for which S&T personnel could not provide supporting documentation."

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