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GSA Announces SmartPay Training Conference

GSA #10258

July 31, 2006
Contact: Andrew Gibbons, 202-501-1231
andrew.gibbons@gsa.gov

Washington D.C. – More than 3,700 charge card management officials will be participating in the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Eighth Annual GSA SmartPay® Training Conference in St. Louis, MO, on August 1-3, 2006. This conference provides annual training and networking opportunities to charge card program managers from across the federal government and other organizations to learn proven practices for managing this program in their respective organizations.  Access the conference site at:http://www.gsasmartpayconference.org/.

This year GSA Administrator Lurita Doan will be among the conference’s featured speakers.  Presenters are expected to focus on elements of the program that allow participating agencies to avoid an estimated $1.7 billion in administrative costs each year compared to traditional, paper-based methods.  During Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, the GSA SmartPay® program also generated more than $118 million in refunds to customer agencies. 

GSA’s SmartPay® is the largest charge card program of its kind in the world with over 2.7 million cardholders.  Of these, approximately 439,000 are fleet (vehicle) charge cards, 300,000 are purchase charge cards and 2 million are travel cards.  More than 350 Federal agencies and tribal organizations participate in the GSA SmartPay® program.

In FY 2005, customer organizations transacted approximately $25 billion worth using the GSA SmartPay® program.  Through May FY 2006, GSA SmartPay® generated more than $17.8 billion in sales and 64.6 million transactions.

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