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2014

August

  • Welcome Vickie Martin to the PS FIN 9.2 Upgrade Team
  • Fiscal Certification - what is it? do I need to complete it?
  • Area Accountant assignment changes
  • DAICR allocation posted in July
  • FY15 fringe benefit rates await final approval
  • Events and Training
  • Innerview: Patti Newton

 

July

  • Expanded fiscal year-end calendar
  • New F&A rates for next four years
  • Policy updates
  • Budget and Net Position Internal Reporting APS and what you need to know
  • New OMB Uniform Guidance webpage and working groups
  • Scholarship Payment form adds SPA approval for Fund 30/31
  • CUSP awards
  • Innerview: Mirinda K. Scott

June

  • Expanded fiscal year-end calendar
  • FY15 rates: GAIR, F&A, fringe benefits
  • FYE resources
  • Do your sponsored projects cost transfers within approved time limits
  • Events with alcohol need initial approval
  • FY15 auxiliary fund budgeting
  • Sponsored project travel reimbursement by third parties
  • Innerview: Barry Northrop

May

  • New APS: Budget and Finance Reporting
  • Illustrated Guide to the Annual Financial Report
  • The Guide training: Internal Sales Activity
  • CPE @ UCB
  • Replenish petty cash funds before custodians leave for the summer
  • Fiscal year-end reminders and dates
  • Fiscal year-end pre-flight checklist

April

  • PETs with tuition remission deserve extra scrutiny
  • Prepare General Fund budgets for FYE14 and the new FY15
  • Green shoots of fiscal year-end
  • Property Disposal training
  • FY15 planning parameters
  • The Guide training is back!
  • Innerview: Kathy Loudermilk

March

  • Snapshot: Old unposted card charges (clean up for year-end)
  • Internal Sales Activity (ISA) rate sheets due (How to determine ISA risk rating)
  • Coffee and the campus budget
  • NSF monitoring visit April 7-11
  • New format and new feature for CU annual financial report
  • ABS customer satisfaction survey results

February

  • Abundance of trainings/events in February
  • m-Fin Project Spending Trends report
  • A computer is a computer is a computer (code the same things the same)
  • How to inactivate a SpeedType
  • OMB "Super Circular"
  • Receipt threshold raised to $75 for travel

January

  • A fresh look at internal sales results in a new approach
  • NSF to conduct monitoring visit on campus this April
  • Cost Sharing policy revised
  • Property Management training cycle begins February 11
  • New Colorado sales tax certificate available
  • Mileage rate decreases a penny
  • CUSP 2014 now open for business

2013

December

  • ABS customer satisfaction survey
  • Returned check from the bank? You have a receivable!
  • Boulder sales tax goes up January 1, 2014
  • FY15 resource planning
  • Participant Support Costs policy revised
  • APSs under review
  • Clarification on sponsored project deficits
  • Nominate an ABS employee who has gone above and beyond
  • Innerview: Karen Stiner

November

  • Lessons from the audit zone
  • New user interface coming to CU Marketplace
  • How to handle an emergency purchase
  • Deficits and sponsored project JEs and PETs
  • Verify campus address before replacement procurement cards are mailed
  • Additional expense types added to Concur

October

  • FY14 fringe benefit rates approved
  • OCG adds new tool to FileMaker database system
  • Tax offset season begins in January
  • What to do in the event of flood damage to university property
  • Keep CU banking information offline and private
  • CU Marketplace now recognizes more SpeedType fiscal roles

September

  • What's in your wallet? (Pay attention to balance sheet accounts)
  • NCURA instructional videos on YouTube
  • General fund salary budget allocations
  • NSF Grants Conference in Denver
  • CPE schedule set
  • InnerView: Janet Hildebrandt

August

  • Fiscal certification mini-FAQ
  • Sequestration heightens sponsor scrutiny: Spend funds or suffer consequences
  • FY14 fringe benefit rates await final approval
  • PSLite updated with FY14 default year
  • DAICR allocation posted in July
  • Corporate scandal reveals a universal lesson
  • Your great ideas recognized
  • ePER SkillSoft link updated
  • Changes afoot at OCG
  • Travel mileage form drives off into the sunset
  • InnerView: Linda Cross-Hagar

July

  • Unassigned transactions graph and instructions
  • Fiscal year-end: What now?
  • The accrual zone
  • Concur approvers can set delegates
  • The future of OCG
  • CUF to CU employee move has knock-on effect
  • Fiscal certification starts July 1
  • m-Fin reports update

June

  • FY13 close: What's new and noteworthy
  • FY14 rates snapshot: GAIR, F&A, fringe benefits
  • Departmental property managers end-of-year checklist
  • Policy update
  • FY14 auxiliary fund budeting
  • m-Fin reports update
  • CUSP: Cornucopia of great ideas

May

  • Fiscal year-end preparation that you can do now
  • Year-end moratoriums and cutoffs
  • New SkillSoft course on faculty summer salaries
  • Receipts: $25 threshold and scanning
  • Get an email address from donors for gift receipts
  • Two new SPA forms: Project Manager Change form and Project Reorg form
  • InnerView: Chyrl Taylor

April

  • The right way to record personal expense reimbursements
  • Property Management Training Session 2: Property Disposal
  • U.S. Budget sequestration impact
  • New m-Fin Fiscal Roles lookup report is "pretty cool"
  • Polices under review
  • Submit your good ideas to CUSP
  • Sponsored project notification process improvement
  • No accrual for final FY13 biweekly pay period
  • Fiscal year-end starting to make noises
  • InnerView: Rebekah Martino

March

  • SPO invoice authorization changes on March 1
  • Fund 98 (Non-Budget Activity) is new
  • Resource Planning Basics — new training from the Budget Office
  • ARRA spending deadline
  • Need to reclassify position budgets?
  • OMB proposes sweeping grants management reform
  • Get NSF projects ready for ACM$
  • Takeaways from the PSC Town Hall
  • InnerView: Lauren Miremont

February

  • ABS newsletter new format
  • Vacation and sick leave payouts
  • Continuing budget change cutoff April 15
  • Fund 35 (Gift Projects) is new
  • SpeedType fiscal staff changes
  • PETs and ePER recertification
  • One less HRMS gray day
  • Research Administrators Meeting spring schedule
  • System policy changes result in 59.5% reduction in APS number
  • DEPA due 3/31/13
  • OUC town hall materials available
  • InnerView: Liz Spencer

January

  • QRC lives to fight another day
  • How to account for insurance proceeds
  • FY14 budget planning
  • J-1 visa processing fee
  • No more INs through ABS
  • A blog is born
  • New fabrication process