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FY 20

(July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

October 2019

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FY 19

(July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

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February 2019

  • 18.6 Sales and Use Tax/Goods and Services Tax 
    Updates in Michigan exemption forms under - Purchases from Other States. 
  • 10 Cash handling 
    An advisory note added in section 10.2.1, 10.2.5, 10.3.3, and 10.4.2, to inform users to download the Department Deposit form for offline use with Adobe Reader/Acrobat.
  • 13 Accounting - Non-Monetary Exchanges
    This new, consolidated policy replaces Identify a Non-Monetary ExchangeMethods of Valuing of Non-Monetary Exchanges, and Report a Non-Monetary Exchange.
  • 8.5 Vendor Setup and Maintenance
    This new policy contains a unified policy statement and procedure for the setup and maintenance of vendor profiles in Banner. This new policy listing replaces 8.5.1 Setup a New Vendor ID in Banner and 8.5.2 Update a Vendor ID in Banner.

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018 

September 2018

  • 12.3.4 Permanently Transfer Equipment with Researcher 
    Replacing 12.3.4 Transfer Sponsored Equipment to Another University with 12.3.4 Permanently Transfer Equipment with Researcher. Procedural changes, updated forms, and new Property Accounting Contract Approval Routing Form (PA-CARF).
  • 12.3.5 Other Permanent Equipment Transfer Situations 
    Replacing 12.3.5 Transfer Non-Sponsored Equipment to Another University with 12.3.5 Other Permanent Equipment Transfers. Procedural changes, updated forms, and new Property Accounting Contract Approval Routing Form (PA-CARF).
  • 12.4.3 Dispose of Unneeded Equipment  
    Updated content and procedural changes to reflect new biennial inventory system.
  • 7.4 Cash Purchases 
    Policy statement has been updated to reflect new certification process in TEM that documents compliance with cash purchases requirement.
  • 18.2 Foreign Nationals
    Added references to, Form W-8IMY, Certificate of Foreign Intermediary, Foreign Flow-Through Entity, or Certain U.S. Branches for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting.

August 2018

July 2018

FY 18

(July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

  • 13 Accounting
    Consolidated policy FAQ with listing on Accounting & Financial Reporting FAQs.
  • 10 Cash Handling
    Updated "Has a shortage" listing on What to do if...

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

  • 4 Payroll and 18 Taxes
    Updated income tax rate for the state of Illinois to 4.95%.
  • 8 Payments and Reimbursements - Determine the Allowability of Business Meals and Refreshments
    “Tips up to a maximum of 20% of the total cost is reimbursable. T-Card payments of tips in excess of 20% of the total cost may be subject to deduction of the excessive T-Card charges from the Cardholder’s wages.”
  • 7.7 Procurement Conflicts of Interest
    The Office of Business and Financial Services has published a new policy section, 7.7 Procurement Conflicts of Interest in the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures Manual. This new policy and procedural information requires review of information disclosed by employees under the Report of Non-University Activity process as well as financial information disclosed by vendors in accordance with Sections 50-13 and 50-35 of the Procurement Code to determine if a prohibited or potential conflict of interest exists. Additional subsections included in this new policy describe prohibited conflicts of interest, potential conflicts of interest, conflict of interest review process, and the purchase order hold process.
  • 18.6 Sales and Use Tax
    Updated State/Canada Registration Information for Collection Sales and Use Tax/GST chart.

FY 17

(July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

  • 7.6 The University Purchasing Card (P-Card)
    Minor updates to the "P-Card Authorization Agreement and Application" form.
  • 18.6 Sales and Use Tax
    Updated "Summary of States and Exemption Numbers" list.
  • 1 Introduction to Business and Financial Functions at the University of Illinois - How to Conduct Business Outside the State of Illinois
    Updated contact information for University Payroll and Benefits.
  • 18.12 Tax Status and Exemption
    Updated Registered Student Organization (RSO) exclusions to include sales tax exemptions.
  • 7.2 Purchasing Goods and Services
    Changes to 7.2 Purchase of Goods & Services

    Changes made throughout Section 7.2
    • Removed the term "bid limits" and replaced with "competitive solicitation threshold" or "small purchase limit" as applicable.

    7.2 - Overview

    • Updated delegation of purchase authority section
    • Ethical Purchasing Practice was updated to reference the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act and the Illinois Procurement Code. The descriptions of possible gratuities were removed because they were not all encompassing.

    7.2.1 - Competitive Solicitation Process

    • Defined the shared responsibility between a unit and Purchasing in defining requirements for a competitive solicitation.
    • Consolidated Board of Trustee approval requirements.

    7.2.2 - Exceptions to the Competitive Solicitation Process

    • Added "Gifts or Bequests" to the list and referenced Section 11 of the OBFS Policy & Procedure Manual.

    7.2.3 - Purchases below the Small Purchase Limit (Small Purchases)

    • Added requirements to demonstrate competition in the small purchase selection process.
    • Described how multiple quotes will be required for a purchase that is greater than $10,000.
    • Recommendation to solicit quotes from Business Enterprise Program (BEP) certified vendors, Small Business Set-Aside Program Vendors, or State-Use - Sheltered Workshops when available.
    • Created a Small Purchase Waiver form for purchases where competition cannot be demonstrated or when a small purchase is required from other than lowest-price vendor.

    Restricted Items and Purchases Requiring Special Approval

    • Pure Alcohol - consolidated the requirements for purchasing.
    • Electronic Services & Computer Software - Updated this subsection to address the following:
      • Identified computer software and electronic services as restricted purchases if the purchase is being made with a Purchasing Card (P-Card).
      • Updated the Electronic Services Purchased by P-Card & Software Purchase by P-Card forms to address Accessibility concerns.
    • Gift Cards/Gift Certificates - removed the requirements for Gift Cards/Gift Certificates and referenced Section 8 for additional information.
    • Postage Stamps - added a reference to Section 8 for payment of Postage Stamps.
    • Furniture and Fixtures - this subsection was removed and updated in its entirety to include:
      • Recommended use of Illinois Higher Education Cooperative furniture contracts.
      • Description of Purchasing's involvement for furniture purchases that exceed the small purchase limit.
      • Consolidation of the requirements for reviewing surplus for potential furniture requirements prior to purchase.
    • Printing Services - this subsection was removed and updated in its entirety to include:
      • Recommended use of University printing offices for printing services.
      • Consolidation of the requirements for print service vendors to pay prevailing wages.
      • Consolidation of the requirements for the use of soybean oil-based inks for printing services.
      • Removal of the requirements for use of soybean oil-based inks for printing services (as these requirements are addressed in the standard purchase order terms and conditions).
      • Reaffirms the requirements to obtain soybean oil-based ink and prevailing wage forms for purchases made using a P-Card.
      • Consolidation of the requirements for print services paid for using State funds.
    • Equipment Loaned to the University - Updated to contact Purchasing due to the varying nature and complexity of loaned equipment agreements.
    • Freight - This section was updated to address the following:
      • Recommends that pricing include shipping from the Vendor.
      • Requires that units facilitate payment of third-party freight vendors through Travel and Expense Management (TEM).
    • Expediting - This section was removed in its entirety because it did not provide any information relevant to expediting that was not addressed elsewhere in the OBFS Policy and Procedures Manual.

    Updated Forms

    • Small Purchase Waiver form
    • Electronic Services Purchased by P-Card form
    • Software Purchase by P-Card form

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FY 16

(July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)

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Last Updated: October 3, 2019

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