The Controller’s Office will temporarily accept electronic submission of payment requests while the University is closed due to COVID-19, according to Lori Watson. Please combine all documents into one PDF file and submit to email@example.com. Payments will continue to be processed but please note there may be some delays. Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.
Eric Barger, associate vice president for finance and controller, has been selected for the 2020-21 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Fellows Program, a one-year professional development opportunity for a small group of promising higher education leaders in business and finance.
Barger earned a bachelor’s degree in health care management with a minor in communication studies as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1990, and a master’s degree in business administration in 1994, all here on The Bluff. He has served as controller since October 2008.
Sixteen promising higher education professionals from colleges and universities across the country have been selected for this year’s program. Over the next year, NACUBO Fellows will work with higher education presidents, provosts, chief business officers (CBOs), and other experts as they expand their management, communications, and leadership skills and learn from the experiences of others.
NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO works to advance the economic vitality, business practices, and support of higher education institutions in pursuit of their missions.
There have been a number of questions recently about expense reimbursements, so it appears to be a good time for some policy/tax law reminders, according to Lori Watson, controller’s office.
- As a general rule, all purchases should be made with a University purchasing card (or “p-card”). Expense reimbursements are for non-p-card transactions such as mileage and cash tips.
- Expense reimbursements requests must be submitted within 60 days of expenditure (this is a tax law requirement). Requests received after 60 days may not be paid.
- The 60-day rule applies to mileage payments. Best practice is to report mileage on a monthly basis especially for those who do a lot of driving.
Please contact the controller’s office at x7393 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
As we head into and early spring break, the controller’s office wants to remind faculty and staff that may be traveling and not on campus next week, that they still need to do PCard reconciliation of February charges before Monday, March 9. If you have charges for the month of February on your card, and you know you will not have any more charges, you can log onto the Wells Fargo website prior to the end of the month, enter descriptions and save your changes. Turn over your receipts in a PCard envelope to your approver before you leave campus and from any computer, wherever you are, you can log onto the Wells Fargo website and hit the Statement Reviewed button. This will ensure that you are following your agreement with the University to reconcile your cards.
If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Theresa Knott in the Controller’s office at ext. 8712 or email@example.com.
The controller’s office wants to remind faculty and staff that may be traveling and not on campus the first week in January, that they still need to do PCard reconciliations of December charges before Thursday, January 7, 2020. Wherever you are, the first week in January you can log onto the Wells Fargo website and hit the Statement Reviewed button. This will ensure that you are following your agreement with the University to reconcile your cards. If you have any questions please call or e-mail Theresa Knott in the controller’s office at x8712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s fiscal year ends on Thursday, June 30, and there are some important dates and reminders to note:
- Expenses submitted prior to June 30 which are for travel or events occurring in fiscal year 2020 will be accrued, and paid against the fiscal year 2020 budget.
- Reimbursement and Payment Request forms to be paid against the fiscal year 2019 budget need to be submitted to the controller’s office no later than Friday, July 12.
- All goods and services purchased must be received by June 30. Any deliveries received after June 30 will be charged to the fiscal year 2020 budget.
The controller’s office is pleased to introduce paperless P-card statement submissions to Wells Fargo beginning this month. Starting Monday, March 18, the feature will be available to all cardholders. Submission can be done from any computer, phone (Android or Apple) or mobile device (Android or Apple).
Using the new receipt-imaging feature means no more lost receipts. Cardholders will be able to easily keep track of receipts by attaching them to their statements from either a desktop or a mobile device. The process of reviewing receipts will be streamlined, which means that cardholders and approvers will not have to deal with submitting paper receipts, documentation or envelopes. Receipt imaging goes far beyond just making life easier. Going paperless will reduce business expenses and it advances the University’s efforts toward sustainability.
In the next week the controller’s office will be sending out more information on training materials to upload documentation from a computer or mobile device via the Wells Fargo CEO app, what users should attach as proper documentation, and a receipt imaging implementation timeline.
If you have any questions please contact Theresa Knott, Lori Watson, or Eric Barger at email@example.com.
To facilitate easier transaction coding and to improve financial controls, the controller’s office has asked Barnes & Noble to discontinue having open departmental accounts at the University bookstore, according to Eric Barger, controller. Department purchases should instead be made with a University-issued P-card. The business purpose of purchases should be documented in the P-card reconciliation. Barnes & Noble will still provide the usual faculty/staff discounts on qualifying purchases.
Please join the Office of Financial Affairs as we say goodbye to Rowena Bramlette, assistant vice president for budgeting.
We will honor Rowena for her contributions to the University of Portland in a retirement reception to be held at the Pilot House on Friday, March 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All University employees are invited to extend their good wishes to Rowena in her retirement.
For more information, please contact Erin Zarafshan at firstname.lastname@example.org or x7507.
For many years, the University has been able to sell Tri-Met bus and light rail passes through the Office of Public Safety, including subsidized monthly passes. Unfortunately, due to the imposition of new federal taxes on transportation discounts and changes in Tri-Met administrative processes, we can no longer offer this benefit to our students, faculty, or staff. There is a limited inventory of books of 10 individual tickets that public safety will sell until they are gone.
Tri-Met passes and tickets are still available at a variety of locations for those who wish to purchase them, and Tri-Met’s new Hop Fastpass system may be of interest to our community members (links below). Questions about this change may be directed to Eric Barger, controller’s office, at email@example.com.