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Accelerated Payments

Agencies should pay vendors early after getting a proper invoice if it is in the best interest of the government and if any one of these is true:

  • the invoice is under $2,500
  • the payment is to a small business
  • the payment is related to an emergency, disaster, or military deployment

Other Situations for Early Payment

In some situations, agencies may pay a proper invoice early even without evidence that the goods or services were received. An agency head or designee may determine, on a case-by-case basis, that early payment is necessary.

For more information, read 5 CFR §1315.4(j).

Please note, the paragraph of the regulation also states, "This authority must be used cautiously, weighing the benefits of making a payment early against the good stewardship inherent in effective cash management practices."

Last modified 01/31/23