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U.S. Army MEDCOM Health Care Acquisition Activity Great Plains Regional Contracting Office Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Government Purchase Card Program Account Holder Training. Training Outline. 2. Authority Structure DOD Charge Card Program Purchase Card Program

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U.S. Army MEDCOM Health Care Acquisition Activity

Great Plains Regional Contracting Office

Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Government Purchase Card Program

Account Holder Training

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Training Outline

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  • Authority Structure
  • DOD Charge Card Program
  • Purchase Card Program
  • Management Controls & Expectations
  • Regulatory Authority
  • Key Players & Responsibilities
  • Definitions
  • Authorized Use & Limitations
  • Required Sources
  • Pre Purchase Approvals
  • Prohibited Items
  • Purchasing Process
  • Waivers/Clearances
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Records
  • Access Online
  • Establishing Accounts
  • Account Security
  • Liability
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Authority Structure

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Army

MEDCOM / Health Care Acquisition Activity

GPRMC GPRCO

1 Brooke Army Medical Center

2 Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

3 William Beaumont Medical Center

4 Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center

5 Evans Army Community Hospital

6 Irwin Army Community Hospital

7 Munson Army Health Center

8 General Leonard Wood Army Medical Center

9 Reynolds Army Community Hospital

10 Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital

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Contract & Administration by GSA

  • Includes:
  • Purchase Card
  • Supplies and services
  • Travel Card
    • Lodging, car rental, meals, cash advances,
    • but not registration fees.
  • Fuel Card
    • Maintenance & Repair of Government Vehicles
    • to include Fuel and Oil.

DOD Charge Card Programs

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The Government Purchase Card

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NOTE: Bank trademark

Formerly known as “IMPAC”

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Purchase Card Program

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$143M

$122M

$116M

$102M

$87M

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Benefits of the Purchase Card Program

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The government saves time, money and resources.

The purchase charge card program provides the

government with financial and cash management

control over low dollar value, high volume procurements.

With the streamlined purchasing power to the lowest user

end level comes great responsibility.

“Guardians of the Public Trust”

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Management Controls and Expectations

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  • Tools and activities used to identify, correct and prevent fraud,
  • waste and abuse:
  • Support from higher levels
  • An expectation of high integrity and ethical behavior
  • Audits and risk assessments to identify fraud, waste and abuse
  • Controls in place to reasonably ensue losses are minimized
  • Proper training and reporting to ensure personnel have proper
  • skills, knowledge, and information
  • Adequate management oversight
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Regulatory Authority

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  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 8 &13
  • Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
  • (DFARS) Part 213.270
  • Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
  • (AFARS) Part 13
  • DOD Government Charge Card Guidebook for
  • Establishing and Managing Purchase, Travel and Fuel Card
  • Programs, 19 August 2008
  • Army Regulation 715-XX, Revised 2 May 2007
  • GPRCO SOP, currently being revised
  • Many Others
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Keyplayers and Responsibilities

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  • Refer to DOD Guidebook, Appendix A
    • Outlines each key-players’ role and special emphasis items
    • Contract Specialist designated to manage
  • the day-to-day operation
    • Implementing and administering the program
    • Establishing policy and guidance
    • Conduct training
    • Conduct oversight
    • Liaison between organization, bank, DFAS and
    • other regional and Army/MEDCOM activities

Agency Program Coordinator:

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Keyplayers and Responsibilities

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  • Billing Officials/Certifying Officials:
    • Administration of cardholder accounts
    • Certifying officer – financially responsible
    • Purchase approvals
    • funds accountability
    • property accountability
    • invoice certification
    • Oversight
  • Cardholders:
    • Making authorized transactions
    • Collecting and maintaining required documentation
    • Logging and reconciling transactions
    • Trained
    • Card security
    • Reporting questionable transactions
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Keyplayers and Responsibilities

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  • Financial Managers:
    • Provide appropriate funding for accounts
    • Maintain accurate financial records
    • Fulfill financial management reporting requirements
  • Supervisors/Senior Leadership:
    • Oversee and support program
    • Promote high integrity and ethical behavior
    • Conduct risk assessments periodically and
    • ensure management controls are implemented
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Keyplayers and Responsibilities

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  • Defense Finance and Accounting Service:
    • Disburse payment
    • Control valid appropriation data
    • Establish electronic interface
    • Ensure timely processing of disbursements and
    • rejects
    • Ensure adherence to the provisions of the Prompt
    • Payment Act
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Keyplayers and Responsibilities

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  • Others:
    • Audit/Investigative agencies (IR, IG, CID, FBI, etc.)
    • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition,
    • Technology and Logistics)
    • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
    • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel
    • and Readiness)
    • Army Contracting Agency
    • Medical Command Health Care Acquisition Activity)
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Definitions

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M

N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

See Handout

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Authorized Use & Limitations

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  • Make micro- purchases
    • $3,000 = Supplies
    • $2,500 = Services
    • $2,000 = Construction
  • Place a task or delivery order
  • Basic contract in place
    • BPA
  • Make payments
    • Formal contract in place and exceeds micro –
    • purchase thresholds
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Definition of a “Split Requirement?”

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Split Purchase: Separating a requirement that exceeds a CH’s

single purchase limit or threshold into two or more buys as a means

of getting around the CH’s purchase limit. No government purchase

CH may fragment/split purchases that exceed the CH’s limit or

threshold, as a means to use the purchase card. To do so is a

violation of federal procurement law.

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What is a “Split Requirement?”

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Avoid "Splitting the Requirement"

It might seem logical for you to divide a purchase into parts

so each purchase would then be below your agency limits.

It is NEVER permissible to intentionally divide purchases into

parts just to get under your limits. This is called "splitting the

requirement." When you have a defined need, all the parts of

that need are considered one purchase

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Required Sources of Supply

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  • Sources of Supplies Include:
  • Agency inventories
  • Excess from other agencies
  • Supplies which are on the Procurement List maintained by the
  • Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severly
  • Disabled
  • Wholesale supply sources (GSA, DLA, VA)
  • Federal Supply Schedules
    • Army BPAs for offices supplies (EMall)
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Required Sources of Supply

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  • Services Sources Include:
  • Supplies which are on the Procurement List maintained by the
  • Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severly
  • Disabled
  • Federal Supply Schedules
  • Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
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Items That Require Pre-Purchase Approvals

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  • Printing
    • Printing purchases must be through the Defense Automated
    • Product Service (DAPS)
  • Hazardous material
  • Advertising
  • Video information
  • Information technology
  • Equipment and material
  • Ergonomic-related and low vision equipment
  • Travel related purchases
  • Short term rental or lease of land and buildings
  • Wood packaging material
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Medical Supplies

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  • Can only be purchased by Logistics
  • AR 40-61: Cardholders are not authorized to bypass the
  • Installation Medical Supply Activity (IMSA) for Class VIII
  • medical expendable/durable supplies or equipment.
  • POC is Ms. Debra Thompson, Logistics Area Manager (LAM),
  • at 916-4539.
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Appropriated Funds - Frequently categories

  • Food and refreshments
  • Personal purchases
  • Memberships
  • Greeting cards and decorations
  • Cellular Phones and Pagers
  • Bottled water services
  • Motor vehicles, long-term rental or lease
  • Trophies, gifts, awards, plaques, and mementos as give-away times
  • for hails, farewells, and other occasions
  • Business cards
  • Clothing

Fiscal Law Issues

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Prohibited Items

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  • Cash advances
  • Long-term lease of land and
  • buildings
  • Aircraft fuel
  • Repair of leased GSA vehicles
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Construction services over
  • $2,000
  • Wire transfers
  • Savings bonds
  • Foreign currency
  • Dating and escort services
  • Betting, casino gaming chips and
  • off-track betting
  • Transactions with political
  • organizations
  • Court costs, alimony, and
  • child support
  • Fines
  • Bail and bond payments
  • Tax payments
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Required Source Determination

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  • When mandated sources can not meet your requirement:
    • Item is not available (out of stock).
    • Item is not what is required.
    • Quantity of issue is not adequate.
    • Item can not be delivered within 30 days.
    • Price is cheaper elsewhere (significantly).
  • Document the reason for bypassing mandatory sources and
  • obtain waiver/clearance as required.
  • Your documentation must pass the scrutiny of an audit.
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The Purchasing Process

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  • Plan your monthly purchases
  • Ensure availability of funds
  • Conduct market research
  • Select best value
  • Seek State Tax Exemption
  • Talk to merchants
  • Determine dollar limits
  • Exceeding your dollar limit
  • Select a required source
  • Shop smarter
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Market Research and Best Value

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  • Micro-purchases are not required to be set-aside for small
  • businesses.
  • Competition is not required, provided the price paid is
  • determined to be fair & reasonable.
  • Purchases are distributed among qualified suppliers.
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Government Estimate

Catalog Prices

Adequate Price Competition

Previous Price Paid

Determining Fair and Reasonable Price

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Waivers and Clearances

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  • A waiver/clearance is required if:
    • A current contract/warranty exists (copy service, custodial services, etc.
    • Contact local IMD Help Desk (BAMC at 6-4357) for copy service information.
    • The purchase is for Automated Data Processing Equipment (ADPE)
    • BAMC Contact 6-0823
    • The purchase is for Hazardous Material (HAZMAT)
    • BAMC Contact 6-0369
    • The purchase is for Construction (including safety/fire/historical issues)
    • BAMC Contact 6-4534
    • The purchase is for Training Support Equipment (TV, VCRs, Projectors)
    • BAMC Contact 6-4357
    • Accountable property
      • Hand Receipt Manager 6-2560
      • Property Book Officer 6-3132
      • Acquisition Team 6-7127
    • Contact 6-0410
  • ** Don’t forget to document file with waiver/clearance approval
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Account Reconciliation

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Cardholder:

  • Reconciles all transactions electronically in Access Online
  • Print Account Statement from Access Online
  • Attaches receipts (packing slip and register slips) to Account
  • Statement
  • Identifies any transaction in dispute
  • Keeps copies of CSQI (Questioned Items)
  • Maintains own files of purchase activity
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Approving and Certifying

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Cardholder:

  • All charges will be reconciled (approved) or disputed in ACCESS
  • Cardholders have 60 days from the date of the first listing of the
  • transaction to dispute with the bank
  • Fraudulent charges (stolen card situations, etc.) are reported
  • to Fraud Department (800 815-1405) and APC
  • Do not complete CSQI when transaction is reporting fraud
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Avoiding Delinquent Accounts

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  • Must certify within 5 working day of the end of the billing cycle
    • CH = 3 days
    • BO = 2 days
  • Currently monitoring all accounts due to command visibility
  • Interest is assessed against the Billing Official’s unpaid balance
  • IAW AR 715-XX:
    • Accounts that are 61 days delinquent will be temporarily
    • suspended by the bank
    • No card transactions will be authorized until the account is
    • paid in full with interest
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Disputed Transactions

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  • Cardholder should resolve with vendor quickly
  • Without resolution, CSQI to Bank (within 60 days)
  • Click the Dispute button in Access Online
  • Selected situations: Click Dispute button if:
    • Defective items already charged to your account
    • Unauthorized charges (someone other than the cardholder
    • using the card or additional supplies ordered)
    • “Billed but not received” on next billing cycle
  • Review status of existing Disputed Transactions
  • Statement must be paid in full
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Records

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* Must be maintained for 6 years,

3 monthsafter final payment of invoice

Purchase Card Files

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Access On - Line

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    • https://wbt.access.usbank.com
    • Passwords are in effect through 6 April 2009
  • Government cardholder: seattle
  • Government AO/BO: puget
    • Government Financial Manager: whale
    • Organization short name: army
    • “Lesson Only Logon” or “Register A New Account”
    • If you require assistance, call the bank’s Customer Service Center
    • at 1 888 994-6722
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Establishing Billing Official Account

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  • Memo processed thru budget office requesting an
  • individual be appointed as an Approving Official (application)
  • Budget office will coordinate on application and include funding info
  • Individual must complete mandatory DAU CLG 0001 training, fiscal
  • law training and classroom training provided by GPRCO APC –
  • training certificates are required
  • DD Form 577, Appointment/Termination Record –Authorized
  • Signature, must be included
  • Application package delivered to APC for processing
  • APC will set up account in bank system, provide appointment letter
  • and await budget office on line processing
  • APC final approves account and releases userid/password
  • BO Span of Control can not exceed 7 Cardholders
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Establishing Cardholder Account

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  • Memo processed thru budget office requesting an individual be
  • appointed as an Cardholder (application)
  • Budget office will coordinate on application and include funding info
  • Individual must complete mandatory DAU CLG 001training and
  • classroom training provided by GPRCO APC – training certificates
  • are required
  • Application package delivered to APC for processing
  • APC will set up account in bank system, provide delegation letter,
  • await budget office on line processing
  • APC final approves account and requests bank release card
  • Cardholder receives and activates card AND must self register for
  • userid and password
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Account Limits

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  • Monthly BO limit = Total dollar limit to cover all CHs
  • under managing account
  • Monthly CH limit = Total dollar limit for each CH
  • Single Purchase limit for CH = Total dollar limit per transaction
  • All limits approved and set by budget officer/resource manager
  • Monthly cycle runs from the 20th of the month through the
  • 19th of the following month.
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CH Account Limits - Example

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Monthly Limit = $10,000

First Month’s Transactions:

$2500

$600

$400

Bill is received & lists the following transactions:

$600

$400

($2500 charge pending )

Next Month - Monthly Limit available is $7500.

$10,000

-$2,500

$7,500

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Account Security

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  • Secure card at all times
  • Secure account numbers at all times
  • If card is lost, stolen or account numbers are compromised,
  • immediately contact US Bank at 1-888-994-6722
  • Report to Approving Official and APC next working day & write a
  • memorandum of record for your files (provide a copy to APC)
  • Good business practices:
    • Precaution when providing credit card # by fax or internet
    • Do not provide copies of card to vendor
    • Advise vendors to NOT annotate account number on packing slips,
    • delivery tickets, etc.
  • Black out card numbers on paperwork transmitted to others
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Liability

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  • Use of the GPC by an authorized Cardholder to make an
  • unauthorized purchase is the liability of Government
    • However, the organization is responsible for taking
    • appropriate action against CH and BO as necessary
  • Any misuse of the GPC is subject to criminal, civil, Uniform Code
  • of Military Justice, administrative, and disciplinary actions as
  • appropriate
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Program Integrity

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  • Management controls are in place to guard against improper,
  • fraudulent, or abusive use of the purchase card
  • Purchase card misuse, or fraud, has consequences
    • Counseling
    • Cancellation of purchase card account
    • Notation in employee performance evaluation
    • Reprimand
    • Suspension of employment
    • Termination of employment
    • Criminal prosecution
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Unauthorized Commitment

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  • An agreement or purchase that is not binding solely because the
  • Government representative who made it lacked the authority to enter
  • into that agreement on behalf of the Government
  • Unauthorized commitments must be ratified. Ratification is the act
  • of approving an unauthorized commitment by an official who has the
  • authority to do so
    • Less than or equal to $10,000 = Regional Contracting Office Chief
    • Less than or equal to $100,000 = Principal Assistant Responsible
    • for Contracting (PARC)
    • Exceeding $100,000 = Head of Contracting Agency
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Unauthorized Commitment

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  • Authority
    • Actual
    • Expressed
    • Implied
    • Apparent
  • Avoid presenting appearance of authority that is not granted
  • Only two people can obligate the government:
    • A warranted Contracting Officer
    • Duly appointed credit card holder or ordering officer within the
    • scope of appointment
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Unauthorized Commitment

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  • CHs not staying within delegated authority (limits and authorized use)
  • Emergency purchase procedures were not followed or individual is
  • not aware of the procedures
  • Vendor mistakes a request for info or estimate as an actual order
  • An activity approves supplies or services above the scope of an
  • existing contract or continues to receive supplies or services after the
  • expiration date of the contract
  • DO NOT use the GPC to “clean up” an Unauthorized Commitment
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Ethics

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  • Foundation
    • “Fair and Impartial”
    • Public expectation of fairness and impartiality
    • Absence of conflict of interest
    • Avoiding conflict and improper influence
  • U18 U.S.C. 208 – The Conflict Statue
    • A criminal statue
    • May not participate personally and substantially in matters such
    • as the government credit card transactions in which you, your
    • spouse, minor child, partner, organization in which you are an
    • officer or employee, or company with whom you are negotiating
    • for employment---has a financial interest
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Ethics

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  • Basic things to remember
    • Avoid conflict of interest
    • Avoid the appearance of conflict of interest
    • Do not split requirements
    • Rotate sources of supplies and services
    • No personal use
    • Annual ethics training
    • Appropriation laws are strictly enforced
    • “If it is not prohibited, it must be ok” – NO!
    • Administrative and criminal penalties apply
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Account Application Process

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IMPORTANT

  • 2 – 3 week process
  • All accounts must have BO and ALT BO in place
  • Bank system and human processing
  • Email or Fax directly to GPRCO GPC Program Office
  • Complete application package
    • Application form with RM coordination
      • Training certificates (classroom, fiscal law & DAU certificates)
      • DD577 if BO or Alt BO
      • New or Replacing an existing BO
    • Appointment Letter or Letter of Delegation of Procurement Authority
      • Must sign and return copy or process halted
    • Userid/Password
      • BO Alt BOs = Contracting will provide
      • CHs = self registration
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Account Maintenance

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IMPORTANT

  • Billing Officials and Alternate Billing Official are responsible for the account
  • Coordinations and Requests
    • Dollar changes on accounts must have Budget approval
    • Codes, address changes
    • Notification of CH, BO or Alt BO leaving
      • 30 to 45 PRIOR to leaving
      • Replacements vs New Accounts
    • Ensure supporting documentation is present for all transactions
    • Report weaknesses or unauthorized purchases
    • Maintaining the integrity of the program
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Mandatory Fiscal Law Training

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IMPORTANT

  • Reference: Memorandum from Office of the Assistant Secretary of
  • the Army, Financial, Management and Comptroller Memo, Fiscal
  • Law Training, 7 Feb 2008
  • Approving/Billing Officials Only
    • Under Section 2-18 DoD Procedures Manual Chapter 2,
    • Paragraph 8
    • All designating Approving/Billing Officials MUST be
    • complete fiscal law training.
    • Certifications of purchase-card billing statements are
    • certifications of propriety and correctness for payment
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Mandatory Fiscal Law Training

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  • Course is available at:
    • BOs to take training at Air Force Portal
    • https://www.my.af.mil
    • POC for this requirement is your resource manager or budget officer
slide53

SmartPay 1 to SmartPay 2 Transition

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  • New functionalities, enhanced functionalities
    • 24 /7 Customer Service
    • Tax Reclamation
    • Enhanced System Security
    • Enhanced Data Capture (strategic sourcing, risk mitigation, reports
  • Cardholders activate SP2 cards upon receipt
  • Preparatory work implemented now
  • Down time (in account set ups and maintenance)
  • U.S. Bank maintains contract – same service provider
slide54

Assistance is a call or email away!

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US Bank Customer Service : 1-888-994-6722

US Bank Fraud Department: 1-866-540-9904

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Assistance is a call or email away!

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Agency Program Coordinators:

Mr. Todd Reddic: (210) 221-5354

todd.reddic@amedd.army.mil

Ms. Annie Casanova: (210) 221-5384

annie.casanova@amedd.army.mil

Ms. Nora Lopez: (210) 221-5328

nora.lopez@amedd.army.mil

FAX APPLICATION PACKAGES TO: (210) 221-3141 or (210) 221-3446

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Agency Program Coordinators – Workload Alignment

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Mr. Todd Reddic: Fort Sam Houston (HQ MC/Others)

Fort Bliss

Fort Carson

Fort Huachuca

Ms. Annie Casanova: Brooke Army Medical Center

Fort Polk

Fort Sill

Ms. Nora Lopez: Fort Hood

Fort Sam Houston (AMEDD C&S)

Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Riley