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Vice President Krawitz

Vice President Krawitz


Service is defined as a valuable action, deed, or effort performed to satisfy a need or to fulfill a demand.  Each of us performs a service as we fulfill our daily roles and responsibilities as employees of the University of Missouri System.  In Finance and Administration, our strategic plan specifically highlights our commitment to service:

 “We value service by demonstrating a willingness to go out of our wayto help our customers; give prompt personal attention; and resolve problems quickly.  We strive to meet and exceed expectations with each customer interaction.”

 Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”  Service is something that has to be practiced throughout the ranks of our division and our reputation depends on it. .  We must remember that   in every act, whether it is a 5 minute phone call or a business transaction that has taken months to develop and implement, we are being evaluated for the service we deliver.  Every day, we each have unique opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to service through our interactions with co-workers, to departments, to the campuses, and to the citizens of our state and beyond.


Financial Year-End Closing

The University Financial Year End Closing Schedule for Fiscal Year 2013 is now available on the Controller’s web site http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/fa/controller/ under Hot Topics. This document contains valuable information regarding deadlines for Budget entries, Requisitions, Accounts Payable entries, and various other types of accounting entries that need to be submitted with a Fiscal Year 2013 date. […] Read more


Compliance 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. There are several new sessions available related to financial accounting.  These provide a good understanding of the financial activities of the University. Principles […] Read more

Sponsored Programs

Grant Proposal Approval

The new ePSRS allows for electronic approval of proposals and is currently available and in use on each campus.  The ePSRS allows Deans, Department Chairs, Administrators, Principal Investigators, and others to electronically route and approve proposals as opposed to printing and signing the old form in hard copy.  If you have questions or concerns, please […] Read more

Grants Reform and OMB Circular A-21 Update

  The much anticipated “Proposed OMB Uniform Guidance: Cost Principles, Audit, and Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards” was released this February. The February 1, 2013 – Federal Register Notice can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-01/pdf/2013-02113.pdf The proposed changes would consolidate many of the applicable circulars such as A-110, A-21, and A-133 into one document.  The proposed […] Read more

Risky Business

Glove Box Packets are Going Green!

Does your department have University vehicles? Do you drive on University business? Then this is for you! The Curators of the University of Missouri maintain a self-funded Automobile Liability Program for bodily injury or property damage liability arising out of the operation of use of university-owned or operated vehicles. The Comprehensive and Collision Program is […] Read more

On the Drawing Board

S&T’s Geothermal System Project

In 2010, S&T embarked on an adventure with one of the most comprehensive initiatives of its kind in higher education.   It started with a study to replace the current steam system infrastructure. S&T’s Power Plant was constructed in 1945 and provides steam generated heat using three boilers to various facilities throughout campus.  The newest boiler, […] Read more


WebData Surplus On-Line Auction

Surplus Property has been testing the WebData Surplus Property Software On-Line Bidding functions at the January & February monthly auctions. Auction bidders will be able to preview and place Proxy bids (think eBay automatic bids) from Fridays at 5:00 p.m. until Tuesday evening prior to each auction. Bidders can also manually place bids on-line while […] Read more

Records Management

Emergency Recovery

It may not always be possible to conduct a real-time test without negatively impacting your workflow of business operations. However, unless you exercise the plan the way you would try to recover from a real outage, you may not be as prepared as you believe you are. It is best to utilize realistic scenarios that […] Read more

Administration Information Technology Services


The Commitment, Planning, and Support Systems (COMPASS) project team is excited about the continued progress of the project and units are busy developing their fiscal year 2014 budgets using these new tools. Both Hyperion and the Data Warehouse are critical pieces of the overall COMPASS project to provide tools and resources which do not currently […] Read more

F & A News & Updates

Top Hat Awards

  Robert Mullen, Director of Institutional Research and Planning It is with great pleasure that I nominated Bob Mullen for the Top Hat Award for his leadership and excellent work on higher education funding formulas in Missouri and in particular his recent work on the Joint Committee Funding Formula.  Bob has demonstrated great leadership in […] Read more

Wisdom’s Corner

“There is no greater satisfaction for a just and well-meaning person than the knowledge that he has devoted his best energies to the service of the good cause.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)   Read more