STATE PURCHASE CARD INFORMATION
A state purchase card (P-Card) is a form of credit card issued to designated state employees. The P-Card is used by the cardholder to make purchases of most types of goods and services necessary for official state use. Personal purchases are prohibited. The state is liable for payment. The objective of the program is to simplify and reduce paperwork necessary for agency purchases by placing P-Cards in the hands of trained employees who actually utilize the goods and services purchased. Purchasing offices and certified procurement officers (CPO) may also use P-Cards.
Program Structure - chart
The program is a blend of centralized procedures, training and program monitoring coupled with decentralized day-to-day management and P-Card use. Key individuals in the daily operation of the program are:
State P-Card Program Administrator - The employee in the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) Central Purchasing Division designated to manage the program statewide.
Entity P-Card Administrator - The employee in each state agency designated to manage that agency's program.
Approving Official - The agency employee designated to conduct a monthly review of P-Card purchases made by one or more cardholders.
Cardholder - The agency employee trained and authorized to make approved purchases using the P-Card.
Because the P-Card affects purchasing and financial transactions, there are a number of safeguards included in the program. Examples include cardholder selection, training, reviews and reports, card limits and periodic internal and external audits.
Advantages achieved through use of the state P-Card program include simplification and expediting of purchasing processes, no fees, rebates to participating agencies, reduced transaction times and transaction costs and merchant acceptance because of faster payment.
Use of P-Cards was authorized by legislation and is limited to purchases of $5,000.00 or less for a single transaction. Agencies may limit any specific P-Card to a lower amount. The $5,000.00 limitation does not apply to acquisitions from Central Purchasing statewide contracts, utilities, Interagency payments or professional services as defined in Section 803 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The P-Cards may be used for walk-in, telephone or Internet purchases.
OMES - Central Purchasing
5005 N. Lincoln, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
State Purchase Card Administrator
Phone: (405) 522-1654