Assessment of USAID’s Charge Card Programs Showed Low Risk of Improper Purchases and Payments in Fiscal Year 2019.

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The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 (the Charge Card Act), Public Law 112-194, requires OIG to conduct periodic risk assessments of agency charge card programs to assess the risk of illegal, improper, or erroneous purchases and payments. We contracted with the independent certified public accounting firm of GKA, P.C. Certified Public Accountants & Consultants, to conduct a risk assessment of USAID’s charge card programs for fiscal year 2019 and determine whether the results justify performing an audit in compliance with the Charge Card Act. The audit firm concluded that the overall risk was low for both the purchase card program and the travel card program and that the results did not warrant an audit. However, as USAID’s historical travel spending exceeds $10 million, the audit firm will perform an audit for fiscal year 2020 per requirements of the Charge Card Act.