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United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 5013-006

Office of Procurement & Property Management

Use of the Purchase Card and Related Alternative Payment Methods


This regulation prescribes policies and procedures for use of the purchase card and alternative payment methods - including convenience checks, pre-paid cards, declining balance cards, and cardless accounts - for obtaining supplies and services in accordance with Federal procurement laws. The Coordinator’s Purchase Card Program Guide, Approving Official’s Purchase Card Program Guide, and Cardholder’s Purchase Card Program Guide are subordinate to and supplement this regulation; they provide the details supporting the policies established by this regulation. All documents pertaining to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Charge Card Program can be accessed through the USDA Procurement home page at

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