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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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Use of a Government charge card to buy authorized items, but at terms (e.g., price, quantity) that are excessive, is for a questionable Government need, or both. Examples of such transactions include the purchase of a day planner costing $300 rather than one for $45. allowable refreshments at an excessive cost, and, year-end bulk purchases of computers and electronic equipment for a questionable Government need (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

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