GSA IMPLEMENTS TRANSPORTATION PAYMENT AND AUDIT RULES FOR AGENCIES
The U.S. General Services Administration has implemented new transportation payment and audit rules for federal agencies.
Policy for acquiring transportation services used to be covered under the Federal Property Management Regulations. The new Federal Management Regulation is written so that it's “easy to read and understand,” GSA said.
The rules also encourage the use of charge cards, commercial bills of lading and electronic payment methods instead of traditional government forms.
“The use of electronic bills of lading and existing commercial forms are the preferred methods to decrease the need for paperwork, retention of duplicate copies and to lessen stockpiles of archived paper files and storage space,” the GSA said.
In addition, agencies must set up and manage their own prepayment audit programs. The agencies will keep more of their transportation dollars by verifying transportation bills to eliminate potential overpayments, GSA said.