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Statewide Fuel Card Standards & Guidelines An Overview of Statewide Fuel Card Policies Released March 1, 2010 State of Georgia Department of Administrative Services Office of Fleet Management & State Purchasing Division. May 19, 2010. Your Presenter. Title : State Cards Program Manager

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Statewide Fuel Card Standards & Guidelines AnOverview of Statewide Fuel Card PoliciesReleased March 1, 2010State of GeorgiaDepartment of Administrative ServicesOffice of Fleet Management &State Purchasing Division

May 19, 2010

your presenter
Your Presenter

Title: State Cards Program Manager

Contact: Paul.Kurtz@doas.ga.govPhone: 404.656.5344

Paul Kurtz, CPCP

agenda
Agenda
  • Overview of New Statewide Guidelines
  • Questions
statewide standards guidelines
Statewide Standards & Guidelines
  • Established pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 45-12-73 (12) (A) and (C)
    • Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) will promulgate rules and regulations governing the use of state vehicles as well as the “system of billings” for service, fuel, maintenance and repair of those vehicles
  • Result of an intergovernmental Services Agreement between Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) and OPB
    • “DOAS will periodically prepare, publish and update policies and procedures regarding use of any credit card used to purchase fuel or pay for repairs” for state vehicles.
  • Not effective unless signed by both DOAS Commissioner and OPB Director
  • Created, published and managed in cooperation with DOAS Office o Fleet Management (OFM)
high level program overview
High Level Program Overview
  • Policy jointly managed by OFM and State Purchasing Division (SPD) at DOAS
    • State Cards Program Manager will serve as primary contact
    • Will consult as needed with Director, OFM or other OFM personnel
  • Program management will remain the responsibility of OFM
  • State entities required to use WEX Online™ provided by Wright Express
  • As with P-Card, the terms of the contract allow local entities to use the program
    • Can implement their own policies
general program notes
General Program Notes
  • Gold Cards issued to vehicles not people
  • Only one card issued per vehicle
  • Users are assigned Personal Identification Numbers (PINs)
    • PIN serves as electronic signature
    • Sharing of PINs is prohibited
    • Generic, multi-user PINs are prohibited
    • PINs must be unique; no employee numbers, telephone numbers, etc.
    • DO NOT write PINs on cards
    • Compromised PINs must be cancelled immediately
  • Red Cards issued to agency supervisory or lead personnel for specific uses
    • Transaction logs must be maintained for Red Cards
requirements for use
Requirements for Use

“The Wright Express card is the only fuel card authorized for use by employees of any state Entity. As such, state Entities may not provide or subscribe to any other fuel programs or services, systems, or products other than those provided by DOAS Office of Fleet Management (“OFM”). State Purchasing Cards (“P-Cards”) and Travel Cards shall not be used to purchase fuel or repair services for state vehicles unless authorized in advance by the State Cards Program Manager with SPD.”

card types
Card Types
  • There are important distinctions made between the “Gold” and “Red” cards
    • Gold Cards intended to fuel primary fuel tanks of passenger-carrying vehicles with odometers, engine meters, etc.
    • Red Cards are intended for use with portable tanks, gas cans, mowers and equipment and the like without odometers or usage meters.
      • Can also be used for emergencies
      • Logs must be kept to track usage
important notes
Important Notes
  • Accurate Mileage is the Lifeblood of Great Fleet Management!
    • “Cardholders shall make every reasonable effort to enter the accurate vehicle odometer or meter reading at the time the fueling transaction takes place” when using Gold Cards.
  • Use of the Fuel Cards for personal purchases including fuel for non-State owned vehicles is strictly prohibited
    • Such use will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination from State employment and criminal prosecution
statewide program administration
Statewide Program Administration
  • DOAS maintains the Standards & Guidelines
  • SPD & OFM personnel are resources regarding policy and implementation
  • Official Standards & Guidelines are posted on the State Cards Program website

http://doas.ga.gov/StateLocal/SPD/Services/Pages/SpdCards.aspx

state cards program manager
State Cards Program Manager

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop the State Fuel Card Standards & Guidelines in cooperation with OFM
  • Review Policy at least annually
  • Communicate policy changes to program users (with OFM)
  • Serve as the central point of contact on all issues of policy and procedures
  • Review all requests for exceptions to the Policy
  • Work with program users to determine new ways to use the Fuel Card within legal and policy requirements
  • Develop & maintain statewide training materials and manuals
director office of fleet management
Director, Office of Fleet Management

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Can delegate the authority to issue fuel cards based on requests from and the resources & skills of the agency involved
  • Oversees administration of the program
  • Partners with State Cards Program Manager to review policy
  • Official liaison between the Bank and all program users
doas process improvement audits
DOAS Process Improvement & Audits

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct periodic reviews of the programs at entities under the authority of SPD purchasing
  • Issue reports providing an assessment of the program making recommendations for improvement when warranted
  • Require policy improvements and/or place other restrictions on card programs in cases where it is determined that internal controls are not adequate
doas office of fleet management
DOAS Office of Fleet Management

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provides reporting to program participants
  • Manages card issuance
  • Participates in policy revisions and development
  • Serves as central point of contact for program management (non-policy) issues
  • All other aspects of fuel card program management remain unchanged
card program administration
Card Program Administration
  • Agency Fleet Coordinator
    • Serves as official liaison between entity, State Cards Program Manager and OFM
    • May serve as Fuel Card Program Administrator (can also delegate some or all responsibilities
  • Card Program Administrator
    • Program Administration
    • Program Compliance
    • Set individual vehicle profiles (based on OFM standards)
    • Define criteria for for obtaining a Fuel Card
    • Create and distribute entity policies (not less restrictive than State Standards & Guidelines) and review annually
    • Establish procedures, monitor use
    • Manage account requirements
    • Create Fuel Card inventory system
    • Register with DOAS as Card program Admin
    • Designate other roles
    • Develop written procedures for requesting cards and approving users fir PINs
card program administration continued
Card Program Administration (continued)
  • Supervisors/Approving Officials
    • Maintain knowledge of State Fuel Card Standards & Guidelines as well as internal policies and procedures
    • Request PINs for users under their supervision
    • Notify Program Administrator when a cardholder resigns, is terminated or reassigned
    • Monitor transactions and card activity
    • Review all documentation
card program administration continued20
Card Program Administration (continued)
  • Cardholder
    • Maintain security of card and all related information including PINs
    • Maintain knowledge of State Fuel Card Standards & Guidelines
    • Ensure all purchases are allowable under State and internal policies
    • Obtain “best value” for State
    • Maintain all required documentation
    • Maintain logs as necessary for Red Cards
    • Ensure timely payment through complying with all requirements as required
internal controls
Internal Controls
  • Each entity must have their own policy that ensures compliance with State laws, rules and policies
  • Internal policies may be stricter, but can not be less strict than State policy
  • Internal controls must include:
    • Separation of duties
    • Weekly independent review
    • Appropriate hierarchical review and approval of purchases
    • Prevention of self-approval
    • Appropriate limits on the number of card users under one supervisor
    • Provision for an annual independent audit
use of the fuel card
Use of the Fuel Card
  • General Policies
    • Purchases must be for official State business only
    • Users must use only their PINs – sharing of PINs is strictly prohibited
    • Use of the card for personal purchases is strictly prohibited
    • Fuel only (with minor exceptions) and no other payment method for fuel (i.e. P-Cards)
    • Ensure use of Wright express network vendors
    • Follow procedures at fueling station for proper use of card (mileage, etc.)
    • Restricted for use to purchase 87 octane fuel unless high octane specifically required by manufacturer
allowed purchases
Allowed Purchases

Except as provided in subsection F of the S&G’s, the fuel card shall only be used to purchase:

  • Fuel for use in State-owned vehicles and equipment used for official State business; and
  • In some cases where approved in advance and in the State’s best interest, fluids, car washes and minor miscellaneous items for state vehicles (i.e. incidental non repair/maintenance items only) whose value, taken together, shall not exceed $50 per month. All other non-fuel purchases or incidental purchases totaling more than $50 per month must be approved in advance by OFM/SPD using the Fuel Card Special Approval Request (form SPD-FC001).
prohibited purchases
Prohibited Purchases
  • Personal purchases of any kind
  • Cash advances
  • Gift Cards
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
    • Food, ice, beverages or related items including “snacks” while traveling on official business
    • Other purchases not specifically allowed under section V. A. of the S&G’s
emergency purchases
Emergency Purchases
  • In emergencies, Program Administrators are allowed to obtain after-the-fact approval
  • “Emergencies” defined as:
    • Cases involving welfare of the general public
    • Extreme weather conditions
    • Official declared emergencies
  • Program Administrators must submit Form SPD-PC003, Special Approval Request within 72 hours
  • Must follow guidelines for emergency purchases in Georgia Procurement Manual
    • Include Form SPD-NI005, Emergency Justification Form available on SPD website
  • Can include non-standard use of the Red Cards to fuel vehicles
program compliance
Program Compliance
  • Managers/Supervisors must review a record and/or report of all fuel card transactions to ensure drivers are in compliance with current published policies
  • Entities will ensure that authorization controls are established for their fuel account with the state fuel card
  • Internal audit procedures will be utilized to review all fuel bills for possible fraud
  • Entities will report all incidents of fraud involving the fuel card to OFM and State Cards Program Manager
  • Employees or Entities that fail to comply with these Guidelines shall be subject to one or more sanctions in section VI
program specific safeguards
Program Specific Safeguards
  • Please see the Standards & Guidelines for program specific safeguards to include:
    • Authorization Controls
    • Purchase Alerts
    • Other internal control requirements
    • PIN issuance requirements
  • OFM can assist as needed