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Feds could be fired for charge card abuse, OMB says

Sep. 10, 2013 - 08:35PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

Federal employees could see their pay docked or be fired for misusing government charge cards, according to new guidance issued Friday.

Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent the memo to agencies to provide guidance on the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevent Act of 2012. The legislation strengthened reporting and disciplinary requirements, and required agencies to better track charge card abuse.

“Disciplinary actions should include dismissal, as appropriate,” Burwell said.

She added that employees could also see their salary offset to make up for inappropriate charge card expenses and that agencies must include such penalties in management plans they must turn in no later than Jan. 31.

Agencies must also provide an annual certification to show that the appropriate policies and controls are in place to mitigate the risk of charge card fraud and abuse, according to the guidance.

Agencies with $10 million in charge card spending will provide semiannual reports on the number of all infractions, complete with descriptions and the disciplinary steps taken by the agency, according to the guidance.

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