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    Can I use my GPA to purchase pots and pans?


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    You question is could you use the Government Purchase card to purchase cookware. While on the surface this appears to be a contracting question, it really is an appropriated law question. What you really asking is can you use appropriated funds to purchase cookware and use the Government Purchase card to pay for the cookware. Included at http://www.gao.gov/decisions/appro/302993.htm is a 2004 GAO decision (B-30293) in which the GAO stated that the Army (Army component of United States Pacific Command) could use appropriated funds to purchase refrigerators, microwaves and commercial coffee makers for its new headquarters. GAO stated that if equipping the workplace is reasonably related to the efficient performance of agency activities, provides other benefits, and assures a safe workplace, then agencies can utilize appropriated funds for the procurement of kitchen ware and appliances. However, agencies should develop a standardized policy concerning the use of appropriated funds for the procurement of kitchen ware. As such, you should contact your FAA regional office or headquarters concerning what the standardized consistent policy is concerning the use of appropriated funds in the procurement of kitchen ware.


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