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Audit Initiated of DOT's Travel Card Program

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is initiating an audit on the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) travel card program.  Issued via the General Services Administration's SmartPay® program, these cards offer a convenient and efficient way for DOT employees to pay for travel expenses related to official government travel.  In fiscal year 2011, DOT’s cardholders made 1.2 million purchases totaling $172 million on their travel cards.  As part of DOT’s internal control testing in FY 2011, DOT identified travel card purchases and cash advances which did not occur during authorized travel.  Our audit objective will be to assess if DOT’s internal controls are effective in preventing and detecting travel card misuse.