State audit finds “restricted” purchases made with UMass procurement cards

Hampshire County

A state audit has found issues with college credit cards at UMass Amherst.

The findings focused on the university’s spending habits including expenditures on procurement cards. Procurement cards, or “Procards,” are credit cards that allow employees to purchase goods and services on behalf of their employer. 

The state audit found 59 card transactions that were “restricted purchases” totaling to more than $17,000. The transactions in question included 24 gift cards, 14 memberships, nine pieces of information technology and seven furniture purchases.

UMass Spokesman Ed Blaguszewski told 22News that all of the purchases audited were “appropriate, and business related.”

At the recommendation of the state auditor, Blaguszewski said “the university is revising its credit card policies and employee training” to ensure credit card use meets university procedures.

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