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OMB Reverses $250,000 Micropurchase Cap


Apparently out of concern about fraudulent or abusive use, OMB notified federal agencies late October 3 that it has rescinded the recently increased $250,000 limit on hurricane-related transactions that can be made using government purchase cards, returning to the original limits of $2,500 for normal purchases and $15,000 for contingency operations. In a related action, OMB has instituted new government-wide policies to reduce the risk of fraud, misuse, and late payments associated with use of the government-issued cards in "Improving the Management of Government Charge Card Programs," an appendix to OMB Circular A-123.

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