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DATE: December 20, 2002

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Purchase Card Internal Controls

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 20, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 245, page 77955

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is proposing to amend DFARS 213.301, Governmentwide Commercial Purchase Card, to add policy on internal controls for the proper use of the governmentwide commercial purchase card.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by February 18, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to dfars@acq.osd.mil. Also, respondents who cannot submit comments through the web site or by e-mail may submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Amy Williams, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2002-D025" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelena Moy, 703-602-1302.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Several recent General Accounting Office reports and congressional committee meetings have identified several instances where DOD employees have misused their purchase cards and there was insufficient oversight. Part of the problem is that the current DFARS 213.301 concentrates on the conditions placed on use of the commercial purchase card outside the United States, but provides no guidance on how what can and cannot be purchased with the card, or how to administer the purchase card program.

A DOD Charge Card Task Force was appointed to recommend ways to improve the program, and the Task Force issued its report on June 27, 2002. To implement the recommendations made by the Task Force, DOD proposes to revise DFARS 213.301 as follows:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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