KPS, Buffalo County, city monitor credit cards differently
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KEARNEY — Credit card use by local governments came under scrutiny last week when the Nebraska State Auditor’s office found irregularities in the accounting and spending practices of the city of Gretna.

The auditor’s findings led to the firing of Gretna’s top administrator when it was revealed she made suspicious purchases of clothing, gasoline and other items on her city credit card.

In Kearney and Buffalo County, the credit card policies vary according to which governmental subdivision is using them.

For the city of Kearney, almost 15 percent of employees are issued cards so they can make smaller purchases. At Kearney Public Schools, only administrators and a select few other staffers are allowed to use district credit cards, while Buffalo County’s credit card policy is similar to the city’s.  

Cards widely used by city

About 75 city of Kearney employees have city-issued credit cards and are authorized to make purchases of less than $ 1,000 per transaction and no more than $ 10,000 per month.

Director of Finance Wendell Wessels said the Kearney City Council adopted the purchasing card system in July 2000 to streamline how the city buys low-dollar, high-frequency items and to make the purchasing of those items accountable.

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MasterCard, Startup PaidPiper Tap Into Credit Cards for Mobile Payments
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PaidPiper, a startup that will debut at the CTIA Wireless show this week, is developing a mobile money transfer system suited to developed economies where the credit-card infrastructure is dominant.

Money transfers via mobile phone are common in many developing countries where traditional banking and credit cards are scarce. PaidPiper, based in San Francisco, is putting credit-card numbers at the center of its payment system, which is due to become available this summer. It says these can be easier both to give and to spend than gift cards or virtual coupons. The company is using APIs (application programming interfaces) from MasterCard WorldWide, which the company is making available to third parties to develop new uses for credit-card infrastructure.

With PaidPiper, retailers and brands will be able to give consumers incentives by issuing unique MasterCard numbers on the spot, either in person or via the mobile network. Consumers will also be able to ask the companies for incentives, which a vendor can deliver in exchange for a consumer action such as filling out a survey, said Atif Hussein, PaidPiper’s CEO. He introduced the concept at Mobile Web and Apps World, a side conference held in New Orleans on Monday, the day before CTIA begins.

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