The state doesn't pay for the cards, which are issued by
That's just a little bit of lagniappe, though -- a little something extra -- and not the main reason the state moved toward the card system, according to Virginia Comptroller
"The key benefit is reduction of voucher and check processing volume, which avoids substantial administrative costs," he said in an email.
There are a number of controls in place to prevent unapproved spending. Each card has a per-purchase and per-month limit, according to various card program documents, which employees and their managers must sign. The maximum is
Activity on all cards is reviewed at least annually, and large purchases get extra scrutiny, these documents indicate. Managers are supposed to review some transaction records each month for cards issued to employees under them.
Fain can be reached by phone at 757-525-1759.
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