The Senate voted again late last month to resolve differences between the two versions, clearing the way for final passage.
The bill requires agencies to create internal safeguards for spotting and stopping unauthorized purchases, including:
Running credit checks for travel-card users and restricting access for those with poor credit
Maintaining records of cardholders and their transaction limits
Periodically reviewing users to determine if there’s if still a need for them to use charge cards
Providing training for charge-card users and
Directing agency inspectors general to conduct periodic risk assessments and audits to identify fraud.
“This bill is about accountability,” Grassley said in a statement after the Senate approved the measure last month. “The public trust has been violated by abusive use of government charge cards. By putting some common-sense controls into the law, we can make certain the federal bureaucracy improves the way it responsibly manages the use of these cards.”
Grassley cited misuse of agency cards at Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration, among other agencies. The Government Accountability Office has also identified cases, where federal employees used agency charge and travel cards to pay for jewelry, cruises and expenses at gentlemen’s clubs.
The President also signed into law Friday two other bills affecting operations specifically at two agencies.