The federal government may be notorious for its glacial pace of change, but there is one area in which Uncle Sam is considered an early adopter: commercial charge cards.

Two million federal workers got new cards last month, and some began using them Monday, the first day of the government's SmartPay program. Under the program, all paper expense reports and filing systems have been replaced with electronic ones that track business spending.

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