Welcome to InFocus!

Vice President Krawitz

Consistency and innovation are two of the stated values  in the Finance and Administration Strategic Plan. Both of these values underlie our goal to continuously improve service to our customers and stakeholders.

We strive to perform our work with consistent dependability and reliable quality and to engage the creative energy of our staff to develop and implement better solutions and methods to serve our customers. We work with the campuses to build processes that deliver value, exceed expectations, and engender confidence and trust.

Spotlight On.....

The Ethics and Compliance Hotline

The “Ethics and Compliance Hotline” provides employees with an avenue for reporting suspected incidences of ethics or compliance abuses, including  fraud and fiscal misconduct, medical, human resources, research, athletics, and/or environmental, health, and safety issues. The hotline is not meant to replace or supersede any current reporting methods (e.g., communicating with a supervisor) which exist […] Read more

Office of the Controller

Medical Resident FICA Refunds

The University of Missouri received notification on June 29, 2012, that the IRS will honor claims for refunds for qualifying medical residents, and refund checks will be issued to the University of Missouri in about twelve weeks.   In December 2010, the University of Missouri applied for refunds of FICA taxes on behalf of medical residents […] Read more

FICA Refunds for NRSA and/or T32 Postdoctoral Fellows

The IRS Appeals Office notified the University of Missouri in March 2012 of its determination that postdoctoral fellows in NRSA or T32 training grants are excepted from FICA taxes.  The University of Missouri sought an exception for all postdoctoral fellows, but the IRS Appeals Office agreed to the exception from FICA taxes for postdoctoral fellows […] Read more

Account-Ability

PeopleSoft General Ledger Account Changes

In preparation for the implementation of Hyperion, the integrated, system-wide budget and planning system portion of the COMPASS project, changes to the PeopleSoft General Ledger accounts will begin on June 24 in preparation for Fiscal Year 2013.  A listing of the accounts that will be available for use in Fiscal Year 2013 is available at […] Read more

Compliance Corner

Sponsored Programs

It’s that time again! All employees who have expended effort on a sponsored award between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012 must certify an Effort Verification Report (EVR).  Please contact your campus Sponsored Programs Office if you worked on a sponsored award during this time period and do not receive an EVR by August […] Read more

On-Line Training

Are you new to the University or have you recently changed positions with different responsibilities?  The Controller’s Office has several compliance training sessions available covering various financial accounting and sponsored program activities. Both live sessions and online modules are available.  The live sessions are in-depth discussions and can be tailored to your unit’s particular needs […] Read more

Risky Business

Driving on Official University Business

1,370 – Number of University owned vehicles 5,309,468 – Number of miles driven last year Employee arriving at destination safely – Priceless As a reminder, all individuals who drive any vehicle on Official University Business must have a valid driver’s license for the type of vehicle operated.  All individuals who drive a vehicle on Official […] Read more

Procurement

Reverse Auction

Stephen Mack-Director of University of Missouri Procurement Services was asked to be one of three (3) National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) representatives involved in an RFP process for the purpose of selecting a reverse auction supplier for the Educational and Institutional Cooperative (E&I).  Through the selection process Procurex was picked to be the reverse […] Read more

WebData Surplus Software

The University of Missouri Surplus Property Department has purchased a Surplus Software System from WebData Corporation.  WebData Software is used at more than 20 major universities to implement best-practices for Surplus re-use and disposal. The software cost has been paid for from Surplus Property self-generated operational funds. Departments will be able to view Surplus Property […] Read more

Records Management

Using Your Email Retention Folder

All mailboxes have now been populated with the five email retention folders. Hopefully, you have found yours. If not, look on the left-hand navigation panel of your email mailbox, scroll down from the top to the folder called ‘Managed Folders,’ and click on the white arrow. You should see five folders; Email records – 01 […] Read more

Disaster Planning Tip of the Month

After completing a business continuity or disaster recovery plan, the tendency is for a company to sit back and be proud of their accomplishment.  However completing and publishing your plan is just one step in the planning life cycle.  Another important part of the process is testing your plan. A tabletop exercise allows your recovery […] Read more

Minority Business Development

Advocacy Mentoring Spring Conference

Under the leadership of Dr. Jacqueline Hall Kelly, Minority Business Development hosted its Spring Conference on Thursday, April 26th at the Reynolds Alumni Center.  This event was attended by 31 participants, including mentees (small businesses), mentors (large firms), university team leaders, faculty and staff, as well as representatives from Lincoln University, Southeast Missouri State University, […] Read more

Administration Information Technology Services

COMPASS Project

The Commitment, Planning and Support Systems (COMPASS) project is steadily moving forward and recently reached an important milestone. During the first week of July, the first component of the Hyperion Planning System, Financial (FIN), was implemented and training on using this new system will soon begin on each of the campuses. The implementation of FIN […] Read more

F & A - News & Updates

Top Hat Awards

Ann Chen received the “Top Hat Award” recognition for her exceptional work and tireless efforts on the Hyperion project core team.  Ann has played a critical role in project design and implementation, including dimension and data structure design, data management and transformation, data quality and reconciliation, business rules and overall application functionality. She is to […] Read more

Employee Highlights

Suzanne Bond, Systems Principle in Procurement Operations, has been the organizer for the Paws-in-the-Park Annual September Event that has been held at Stephens Lake Park for the past six years.    Until now, Suzanne has typically spent five months out of the year organizing the event.  She works with sponsors, vendors and volunteer organizations to make […] Read more

Wisdom’s Corner

Consistency: “Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise” –    Lou Holtz (1937) – Football Coach.  Larry King television interview, CNN, 20 August 1993 Innovation: “Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” –    General George […] Read more