After fifteen years of use by U.S. Federal government agencies, purchase cards are still caught in a debate between the drive to improve governmental efficiency and the need to prudently manage and control spending of taxpayer resources. This paper gives decision makers facts by which to evaluate the purchase card experience to date by providing a brief history of legislative actions related to purchase cards, analyzing patterns of purchase card spending by Federal government agencies, estimating the potential size of the purchase card program, and identifying the costs and benefits of shifting low-value transactions to the purchase card. The paper concludes with recommendations for government action.
Gupta, M. and Palmer, R. (2008), "A brief history and review of purchasing card use by the U.S. government: 1990-2005", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 174-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOPP-08-02-2008-B002Download as .RIS
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