Cloud Technology Elevates P-Card Utility in Government

Published September 30, 2022

Restrictions regarding the use of government procurement cards extend well beyond the micro-purchase threshold (MPT). Agency-imposed restrictions on the purchase of property items, IT peripherals, telework supplies, and restricted-use items further limits the intended utility of P-Cards. The push for commercial best practices in procurement suffers as a result.

Fraud, waste, and abuse are often cited as the drivers surrounding regulatory or agency-imposed restrictions. IG reports routinely highlight weak areas within P-Card Programs that could expose opportunity for misuse. These concerns are also expressed during ongoing discussions to determine if the temporary MPT of $10,000 established during the pandemic should be made permanent.

“Fortunately, there is a COTS SaaS solution currently in FedRAMP assessment that changes the conversation. We now have 100% Accountability, Compliance and Transparency in every transaction conducted using our Actus Procurement Automation solution for SmartPay programs throughout the government.”

Mike Tocci, President of Paperless Innovations, Inc.

Major developments in the use of artificial intelligence and robotic process automations developed in Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technology provides government stakeholders with tools to oversee regulatory compliance and the ability to quickly procure mission-critical supplies and services using P-Card.

The Actus COTS solution, as an example, delivers automated approval workflows, digital data for finance and procurement decision-makers, and oversight for complete auditability at the item level.

“Providing cloud-based authentication, security, process controls, and oversight on all transactions prior to every purchase restores the P-Card to its original purpose as a rapid payment tool,” Tocci continued. ”With Actus, utilization of SmartPay P-Card programs will increase dramatically when as much as 90% of an Agency’s obligations can be automated, settled, and audited within 3 days of invoice.”