Accounting Month Closed for December 2021-You may now review your Management Reports in EOR

The most recent accounting month is now closed. Your Management Reports are complete and ready for your review. For most departments/units, review and approval should follow the steps outlined in this memo. Some departments/units have alternate procedures in place to accomplish review and approval. Check with your unit’s accountant and/or the liaison listed at the bottom of your Management Report if you have questions about review and approval.

To proceed, please check both your PROJECTS and ACTIVITIES.

TO MAKE CHANGES, correct errors, etc.: Contact your departmental administrator as soon as possible (e.g. to prevent delay in posting your changes, please do not wait for the PAR forms).

MARK the Projects/Activities you have reviewed. (This does not necessarily indicate the transactions are correct, only that you reviewed them). There are only two approved methods to indicate Evidence of Review, and both are completed using the EOR web application

  1. Select reviewed activities/projects, and click button “Mark Reviewed,”
  2. Select reviewed activities/projects, and click button “Indicate Review PDF.”

Either action leaves a data indicator that review is complete. Signed review PDFs should be retained in your files for as long as you retain other Management Report documentation.

A new Guideline has been published to offer clarification to Policy 3-003: Authorizations and Approvals Required for Financial Transactions.

This Guideline is meant to improve internal controls across campus as it outlines:

  1. Account Executives (AEs) and PIs remain primarily responsible for monthly review of their Management Report and submission of EOR (Evidence of Review) – even if they have chosen to delegate this authority.
  2. This responsibility cannot be delegated to an individual who also has the authority to initiate financial transactions.
  3. GFA (Granting Financial Authority) is an application found on CIS that has been recently enhanced to allow AEs and PIs to make separate delegations for financial transaction approval and Management Report Review. (Follow these instructions to delegate authority)

Review and approval of these monthly reports is a key element in the University’s system of internal controls, and is further explained in University Policy 3-003, Authorizations and Approvals Required for Financial Transactions. – See Section III.F.

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Travel & Reimbursement Services Holiday Hours

During the Winter Break ALP days – December 28th and 29th – Travel Agents will be available from 8am to 5pm to help with your travel needs. During those hours, please call 587-9005 for assistance. If it is after hours, please call the Christopherson Business Travel After Hours Assistance line at 1-888-739-7011.

Travel Services (non-travel agents) will be closed from Dec 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding travel, please contact us at 581-7142 or travel_questions@utah.edu before December 24.

CBT Agency business hours are Monday–Friday 8am to 5pm. Please call CBT After Hours during the weekends, holiday, or U closure days for help with existing reservations or help with a new reservation with an approved Request ID. 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Purchasing and UShop Winter Break Notice

During the campus closure from December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022, please note the following applying to Purchasing, UShop, Contract Management, and PCard:

    • UShop punch-out/catalog purchases, PCard transactions, and other non-restricted transactions under the small purchase threshold ($5,000) can still be made/processed with the appropriate departmental approval(s) during the holiday closure period.
    • If you have not already initiated a procurement process for a transaction required to be ordered prior to the end of the year, we strongly recommend you contact the appropriate buyer as soon as possible to discuss your procurement need.  
    • During this closure, staff will generally not be available by email or phone.  For urgent procurement matters arising during this closure, please call or email Terri O’Toole at 801-581-8992 or totoole@purchasing.utah.edu

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Payments and Processing During Campus Closure

With the recent announcement that the University will close the full week of December 27-31, we want to reach out to communicate the impacts this has on payments and payment processing.

  • Non-urgent payments should be submitted as usual but please consider that our processing time requires up to 10 business days.
  • Payments that must be released prior to the end of the year should be submitted as soon as possible and probably with expedited processing.
    • Next-day service will require submission before 1:00 on December 22nd.
    • Same-day service will require submission before 1:00 on December 23rd.

Please remember that the processing clock starts when a request is received by Accounts Payable with:

  • complete documentation
  • all departmental and administrative approvals complete
  • and, if applicable, a chartfield for expedite fees.

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns. We wish you all a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled winter break!

Email:  ap@admin.utah.edu

Phone:  (801) 581-6976

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Sigma-Aldrich – Contract Renewed!

We are pleased to announce that Sigma-Aldrich has returned to UShop as a contracted supplier! This means that when you place orders in UShop for Sigma-Aldrich, the contract is already applied and your orders proceed up to $50,000, and also include completely electronic processing. This punch-out also includes electronic invoicing, meaning the invoicing is already taken care of for you, so no need to forward invoices to Accounts Payable for processing.

Please reach out to ushop@utah.edu with any questions. 

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Purchasing Update – October 2021

The Utah procurement code has undergone several changes during the past few years, which have been communicated in BPAG meetings and in transactional situations where applicable. Since some of the code changes require updates to University procurement policy and rules, that effort is underway. We anticipate the policy review/approval process may take several weeks. 

Policy changes are primarily in three categories:  1. Updates to match current statutes;  2. Clean-up since the last changes in 2013;  3. Reductions and simplifications, where possible.

In cases where university policy is currently outdated as compared to Utah code, Purchasing is following the code statutes as required by law.  Examples include:

  1. Simplifications to the request for proposals (RFP) process, which include streamlining the “intent to award notice” and eliminating a “cost-benefit analysis”.
  1. Emergency procurements – public posting is now required, similar to sole source or solicitation postings. 30-day completion of work requirement.
  1. Restrictions and the exception process for equipment leasing – equipment leasing is generally prohibited, but an exception process is articulated.

With questions regarding this update, please feel free to contact Glendon Mitchell, Sr. Director of Procurement and Contracting services at gmitchell@purchasing.utah.edu or a member of the Purchasing team at 801-581-7241.

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October 2021 BPAG Minutes Are Available

The BPAG minutes from the October 8, 2021 BPAG meeting are now available on the Business Analysis & Support Services website.

October 2021 Meeting Minutes

  • BPAG Meeting Scheduling
  • Procurement Policy
  • Email Policy
  • OneU Updates
  • FS Interns
  • Policy Exceptions
  • Open Discussion

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August 2021 BPAG Minutes Available

The BPAG minutes from the August 13, 2021 BPAG meeting are now available on the Business Analysis & Support Services website.

What is BPAG?

BPAG stands for Business Process Advisory Group.  Business officers from across campus meet monthly with central administration to address problems and issues along with suggestions to solve them.  Over the past several years, BPAG has helped to facilitate many important changes implemented by central administration. BPAG is not a policy making group, a priority setting group nor is it intended to be the primary means of communicating to all the departments.

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Free 3-Ply Masks Available Now

General Stores received donations of disposable 3-ply earloop PPE masks which are available for use throughout our University Community. Each department may receive up to 2 boxes, free of charge, while supplies last. These may be especially useful for areas with students, such as classrooms or student housing.

These masks are available by will-call at General Stores in the north end of the Randal Turpin Building #350, no order necessary. Arrive between 7:30 am-3:30 pm to claim your boxes. They are also available for delivery, by request, with the purchase of any other PPE supplies. If placing orders through the web, please add the request in the Special Instructions box.

Place an order by:
Calling – 801-581-8671
Emailing – 
csr@stores.utah.edu
Visiting – 
https://finance.apps.utah.edu/uofu/fin/stores/

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PPE And Sanitation Supplies for Campus Departments and Clinics

As the beginning of the Fall Semester is quickly approaching, we suggest taking stock of the PPE and sanitization supplies you may need.  With continuing COVID cases, the need for hand sanitizer and normal cleaning supplies are necessary.  We have been told that surface cleaning is important but not necessarily sanitization.  General Stores is well stocked and there are currently no ordering restrictions or allocations except for some nitrile medical exam gloves.

Over the past 18 months, Purchasing and General Stores have been partnering to source PPE and sanitizer items for departmental and clinic purchases. While you are stocking up on PPE as needed, don’t forget to order your office and classroom supplies as well.

Please contact General Stores directly to place an order. If there are PPE items you would like to purchase that aren’t currently stocked, please call and we will be happy to help you. If you require large quantities of masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc., please let us know so we can work with our vendors to get those to you as timely as possible.

Welcome back to those who are returning to campus. 

Ordering Email:  csr@stores.utah.edu | Website | Phone: 801-581-8671

 

 

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