Proper Use of Government Payment Cards

Federal employees who travel on government business; federal employees who buy goods and services from the private sector for the federal government using a government charge card


Expected Duration
64 minutes

Charge cards enable US federal agencies to provide a low-cost, efficient way to make small purchases of goods and services directly from vendors. The government charge card program is known as the GSA (General Services Administration) SmartPay® program. Federal cardholders can use this program to pay for work-related commercial goods and services, travel expenses, and fleet expenses. This course provides an overview of the GSA SmartPay program. It covers how to use government charge cards properly, what your responsibilities are as a cardholder, and how to keep cards secure.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


The GSA SmartPay Program

  • |INS identify key features of the GSA SmartPay program |/INS
  • recognize the kinds of purchases that can be made using a government purchase card
  • prepare for a business trip using the travel authorization form
  • recognize types of travel expenses that are reimbursable when traveling for official agency business

Maintaining Your Charge Card

  • recognize examples of cardholder misuse and fraud
  • recognize examples of non-cardholder fraud
  • recognize how to respond to examples of non-cardholder fraud
  • recognize responsibilities related to using and maintaining a government charge card
  • recognize responsibilities related to paying government charge card bills





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