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The next controls address these additional issues. • Restrict purchasing levels. A major control over the use of procurement cards is the restriction of amounts that can be purchased. This may be a maximum amount of daily purchases, a limitation on the total purchased over a month, or restriction to purchases only from suppliers having certain Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes. This approach is extremely useful for ensuring that card holders do not run amuck with their card purchases, while also ensuring that losses are restricted if cards are stolen and used by a third party to make purchases.
20, with additional supporting controls noted later in this section. The controls shown in the flowchart are described in the bullet points that follow, in sequence from the top of the flowchart to the bottom. • Restrict access to master vendor file. For those electronic payments being made automatically by the accounting software, it is important to keep tight control over changes to the vendor master file, since someone could access the file and alter the bank account information to which payments are being sent.
The highest level of control over electronic payments would be to require dual approvals for all such payments, though this may prove too onerous for ongoing business operations. • Require an end-of-day payments review. A standard detection control should be to have a third party who is unrelated to the electronic payments process review all payments made at the end of each day. This review should encompass a comparison of authorizing documents to the actual amounts paid, as well as verification that payments are made to the correct supplier accounts.