(April 11, 2013) – Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement regarding usage of purchasing cards by the City of Hartford:
“Purchasing cards or P-Cards were implemented in April of 2004. As a way to increase transparency, better monitor and audit expenditures, and save the City money my administration adopted a new policy in July of 2012 that included a decrease in spending limits and the use of merchant category codes customized for each department. The new policy took 6 months to develop and was reviewed and approved by the Internal Audit Department. The Council recently requested an internal audit of their usage and I fully support it. Once it's complete, it will be shared with the public and media.
In the meantime, there are some critical points that people should be aware of:
Recent reports surfaced questioning charges made by employees. If the internal audit proves that there is unauthorized spending, disciplinary actions will be taken including personal reimbursement or, in severe circumstances, termination.”
For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz