September Accounting Period Close

For employees who track or manage department budgets, please note that the month of September 2018 is now closed in CFS.

This means that the General Ledger (GL) system will not accept any more entries with a September journal date. September transactions can still be entered into the GL system, but the journal date must be 10/1/2018 or later. The current period open is October 2018.

FTS Travel Module Enhancements

Modifications were made to FTS Travel Authorization-

Added New Traveler’s University Affiliation Type:  “Student Employee”

The majority of SJSU students do not have access to use the FTS Travel module. Access to the system is allowed for active employees and POI-Others only, verified by FTS using HCM data.  However, students employed by the university as Student or Graduate Assistants are “active employees” and therefore do have access to FTS and the Travel module.  For those few students who find they can, and choose to use FTS Travel (instead of the paper Travel Authorization and Travel Reimbursement forms), they can now identify their university affiliation as “Student Employee”.

Please note: We strongly advise having a Requester create the Travel Authorization for the student traveler to ensure the appropriate DeptID and funding chartfield are used. This allows both the Traveler and the Requester the ability to complete or update the Travel Authorization and Travel Reimbursement. The Traveler is always required to complete the “Submit for Approval” step themselves.

Created New Section: “Funding Source”

In the Travel Authorization, travelers will sometimes select the Travel Type, “Business Related” and then are unable to select the “Travel Paid by Non-University Funds” option as well when appropriate.  Not identifying the funding source correctly can cause confusion when insurance is required to be purchased by the appropriate entity, and also, a Travel Reimbursement is created that will never be used for State funding.

By creating a “Funding Source” section in the Travel Authorization, this will allow travelers to select a Travel Type and indicate the appropriate funding source.  The “Travel Paid By University Funds” is the default funding source; the “Travel Paid By Non-University Funds” must be selected when appropriate.

Please forward this message to any staff or faculty you feel should be notified.  If there are any questions, contact Finance Support at financeconnect@sjsu.edu or 4-1558.

October LCD Processing

To personnel with Labor Cost Distribution (LCD) responsibilities, this is the monthly reminder to confirm your salary information by running your LCD Setup Audit.

Any changes to the distribution of funding for payroll expenses that you would like made for October 2018 payroll must be received by Finance Support no later than Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

For temporary appointment funding changes, all requests can be emailed directly to Finance Support at finance-support@sjsu.edu .

IMPORTANT CHANGE: For faculty who are on release time, employee profile requests are no longer required. Please review the new Reimbursed Time Authorizations guidelines.

We cannot guarantee that requests for changes received after the deadline will be captured for the October payroll cycle.

Reminder: Payroll expenditures for Fiscal Year 2018/19 will reflect regular/negative pay for the months of July 2018 through June 2019; positive pay salary expenditures (e.g. student salary and overtime) will represent the months of June 2018 through May 2019. Positive pay for Fiscal Year 2019/20 will reflect expenditures for the twelve month period of June 2019 through May 2020.

Please refer to Labor Cost Distribution for information regarding the LCD process and Temporary Appointment Funding Changes for instructions on completing the Employee Profile form. If you have any questions about LCD processing, please contact FinanceConnect at financeconnect@sjsu.edu or 4-1558.