Federal Acquisition Service
Federal Purchase Card Holder
“Purchasing is broken up. There is one step
and then a wait, another step and then a wait,
because we don’t have a process.”
- Bennie, P-Card Holder
Government purchasing is complex because rules of
fairness and auditing separate the purchaser from the
person wanting the items—-which also occurs in nursing
homes and other places. Our permissively reusable code
can be found at https://github.com/18F/C2.
P-Card holders have 3 main problems.
The multi-person approval and audit rules
create internal communication problems.
1. Knowing where they
are in the process
2. Organizing multiple
streams of information
3. Anticipating and getting
“Some (orders) automatically reconcile
and some don’t. You get confused.”
- Yolanda, GSA
“There are over 15 spreadsheets for
me to keep updated.”
- Brian, Interior
“This recent time we have gone back
and forth 3 or 4 times.”
- Cheryl, GSA
Keeps requesters, approvers and
everyone else in the loop.
Communicart is convenient.
Requests, approvals, and data are
stored for easy future reference.
Communicart is an approvals organizer built around email so it fits into the
existing workflow of acquisition professionals.
Communicart makes it easy to approve purchases and share results with
requestors, approvers and peers.
Communicart is intuitive.
Easy Display Approval Bar
A single click to collect all your
Easy communication with everyone
and every database.
Full Purchase Item Details
18F and CAP built Communicart in two months by running 1-2 week sprints.
Communicart leverages agile development.
Business and developers
Working software is our
measure of success
The customer is the highest
priority 2 Week
300K P-Card holders
2 Million hours
Hacking the acquisition process with
easy-to-use Digital Services drives
efficiency, transparency, and savings.