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General Ledger Schedule

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  • Journals are created to enter financial information into the General Ledger. Financial information includes deposits, payments, transfers, allocations, and other types of activity necessary to accurately describe the finances of the University.
  • General Ledger (GL) verification is a key control of UCSF and is a requirement per Campus Administrative Policies.
  • Sundry Debtor is an invoice billed to external customers (not affiliated with UC) for use of UCSF properties or services. Departments must first be established as a Sundry Debtor Customer before they can submit requests for invoices to be sent to external customers.
  • Equipment Custodians are assigned by departments and are responsible for providing current equipment information including physical location, custody code, disposal, and sales. UCOP and Federal Regulations require that campus departments perform a physical verification of all capitalized assets listed in the UCSF asset management database system every two years. This is essential for continued federal, state, and private donor funding of operations and research projects. Equipment custodians are charged with conducting the physical inventory on a biannually-scheduled basis. Assigning or Changing Equipment Custodian Responsibility When a new custodian is assigned responsibility by a department, the department must:
  • The Asset Management Report can be found under the Transactional Reports tab in MyReports. There are numerous ways to search for and filter data in MyReports to meet your needs. For inventory purposes it is easiest to search by Custodian Name or Custody Code. These fields are in the Report Specific Filters section on the bottom of the page:
  • UCOP and Federal Regulations require that campus departments perform a physical verification of all capitalized assets listed in the UCSF asset management database system every two years. The Controller's Office schedules the inventory date for each department. Each department custodian is given 45 working days to:
  • Article Contents Capital Lease or Installment Purchase Lease Other Types of Leases or Contracts The recording and tracking of Capital and Operating Leases is somewhat complicated and the University is required to be in compliance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Statement No. 13 and Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB). This guide is not intended to go through the entire behind-the-scenes analysis of how to record leases, but rather provide guidance on the day to day Department and Controller’s Office processes as it relates to equipment.
  • Effective July 1, 2014 through 2030, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration's Regulation 1525.4 - Manufacturing and Research & Development Equipment allows “partial sales and use tax exemption” on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases.
  • No property shall be removed from University custody without first obtaining the necessary approvals outlined in the procedures below. Only equipment for which the University holds clear title can be disposed ­of without the written permission of the title holder. Departments are responsible for verifying title on all sponsored funded equipment.
  • UCSF's chart of accounts (COA) is the coding structure that defines operations in financial terms. The COA serves as the foundation of the general ledger. The UCSF chartstring is a 38-character coding string that consists of 8 individual "blocks", or segments, called chartfields.  The chartfields and resulting chartstring facilitate accounting, reporting, and budgeting. 
  • Establishing a New Petty Cash Custodian, Setting up a Petty Cash or Change Fund, Replenishing Petty Cash Funds, Change of Custodian for an Existing Fund, Decreasing Petty Cash or Change Funds, Terminating a Petty Cash or Change Fund
  • Use the Combo Edit Guide to identify which chartfield combinations may or may not be used together. It is especially useful when planning or troubleshooting journals which have unusual combinations of chartfields.
  • The fiscal year-end close process is required to prepare the general ledger accounts for financial statement presentation and for the start of the next accounting process.
  • UCSF Physical Inventory Custodian Schedule 2019 - 2021 Cycle
  • Account Description 51321 Spon proj equip >$5K, non-comp 51322 Spon proj computer >$5K 51323 Spon proj software >$5K 52303 MC USE-equipment less than $5K 52304 Computers less than $5K 52305 Software less than $5K 52315 Furniture 52601 Computers $5K and above 52602 Software $5K and above 52603
  • Recharges and central costed activities occur when one unit of the University provides services that benefit other units internally. These activities may be specifically identifiable based on usage such as expenses for off-site storage, or generally in support of a shared resource such as information technology. Only units approved by Budget and Resource Management may use recharges and distribution of central costed activities.
  • Sundry Debtor is an invoice billed to external customers (not affiliated with UC) for usage of UCSF properties or services. Departments complete the Sundry request form and send it along with supporting document to [email protected] The Controller’s Office assigns an invoice number and send invoice to customers for payment via email. Download a blank Sundry Debtor Invoice.
  • This is the list of Journal Preparer IDs currently in use.
  • Cash and Credit Card journals in PeopleSoft are used to record payments received from third parties. Journal Preparers and Journal Approvers are responsible for ensuring that all journal entries are reasonable and accurate based on the documentation, knowledge of the activity, and conformity to applicable UCSF Policies and outside agency requirements.  See Establishing Journal Preparers and Approvers in PeopleSoft for the steps and training required to assign the Journal Preparer and/or Journal Approver role to a UCSF staff member.
  • The MyReports Transaction Detail Report contains a record of all cash transactions that have occurred and can be filtered for specific a department(s). The University defines cash as currency, coins, checks, money orders, Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), and e-commerce transactions such as credit card transactions. The process of reconciliation confirms that the transactions on the ledgers represent activity that actually occurred (the department did receive the cash). During reconciliation, bank statements, credit card settlement tapes, departmental transaction systems, and/or source documents are used to match cash received to what appears on the ledger.
  • In certain instances, the University may act as a fiscal agent for outside agencies such as student, faculty, staff, governmental, or private organizations or activities. An agency fund is used to record the administration of monies for the outside agency where the intended use is for a mutually beneficial and agreed-upon purpose that supports or enhances the mission of the University. Agency funds are not considered University monies or charitable contributions to the University. Examples of appropriate agency funds include establishing funds for:
  • UCSF Building Codes
  • Outlines the reasons for requesting a new Chartfield, and how the set-up and request are coordinated.
  • PDF of slide deck.  View the recorded presentation (includes audio) for full information. 
  • Source Codes identify the purpose of PeopleSoft journals. They are also a selection criterion for reporting in the MyReports Transaction Detail Report. Some source codes are limited to PeopleSoft Journal Preparers who are assigned a specific PeopleSoft role to use the source code. Several source codes have additional approval workflow connected with them. Online Financial Journals Campus Departments and Controller’s Office
  • UCSF departments or units that accept credit or debit cards for payment become credit card merchants. As a credit card merchant, the department assumes the requirements and risks associated with accepting credit card payments.
  • Article Contents Introduction Definitions Scope Purpose Process Ownership Life Cycle Outcomes Procedures Self-Assessment Reference Documents Introduction The purpose of Capitalized Asset Management (CAM) is to:
  • Inventorial equipment is defined as free-standing, non-expendable equipment (useful life over 1 year) acquired at a cost of $5,000 or more (including sales tax, freight, and installation needed to enable operability). The designated Equipment Custodian oversees the inventorial equipment assigned to the 4-digit custody code(s) for which they are responsible. This guide discusses the responsibilities of your role as an Equipment Custodian, and provides links to other resources available to help you.  
  • Establishing Journal Preparers and Approvers in PeopleSoft Take the two-part online course “Understanding PeopleSoft Journals” in the UC Learning Center. Completion of this course is required for access to PeopleSoft General Ledger and Journals. Journal Preparers must complete Understanding Journals: Journal Preparer Actions (opens in new window).
  • With UCSF’s upgrade to the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface in March 2021, the mobile approvals interface mirrors the Approvals tile in the web-based version of PeopleSoft, with one key exception: Journal Approvals will not find a link to Go To Journal Entry Details when clicking the Approvals tile on a mobile device. The requirements to review and approve journals are the same whether using the web version or the mobile application. Journal Approvers may need to complete their review using the web version prior to taking approval action from a mobile device. 
  • This document describes the process of preparing and submitting journal entries electronically via flat files.
  • Departments are responsible for notifying the Controller's Office General Accounting Service Desk, when changes to this list are required. See the end of this page for detailed instructions on how to update this list.
  • UCSF routinely conducts business with other campuses and with Office of the President (UCOP). This guide provides an overview of these transactions, describes how transactions are processed, and identifies resources for users who need assistance with related processing. These transactions are divided into the following categories: Category Source Code(s) Interlocation Transfer of Funds (ITFs) 150, 574 Intercampus Orders & Charges (IOCs) 57X
  • University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Risk Services manages a self-insurance program that provides coverage for loss of assets. All campuses and medical centers contribute to the fund annually. Valuation of loss is based on repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed property. Deductibles per occurrence:
  • UCSF routinely conducts business with other campuses and with Office of the President (UCOP). These transactions are divided into four categories: Interlocation Transfer of Funds (ITFs) Intercampus Orders & Charges (IOCs) Intercampus Appointments Intercampus Subcontracts Because of the variety of intercampus transactions, it may be difficult to determine the correct category for your transaction. If you need assistance determining the nature of your transaction, contact Cash Handling & Credit Cards. The Controller’s Office will also assist in routing transactions to the appropriate party for processing.
  • Capital equipment has a value of $5,000 or more, or software with a per copy cost of $5,000 or more, with a normal life expectancy of more than one year, and is not "expendable". There are specific procedures for capital equipment purchases as well as special procedures applicable over the lifetime of the capital asset. Before you make a purchase of capital equipment, be sure that you understand and follow the specific procedures:
  • The gift should meet the criteria of a capital asset: Tangible, Freestanding, Useful life of one year or longer, and Estimated value of $5,000 or greater. Donor, private individual, a corporation, or some other entity should provide a statement in writing that:
  • Download this job aid for more details on how Net Position is calculated and displayed in MyReports.
  • Moving Money The method used to transfer money or balances (e.g., "move money") depends on the Account Type. Specific Accounts and Account Types must be used consistently to ensure that reporting is accurate, clear, and consistent. Refer to the Moving Money Quick Reference Guide for details on:
  • The chart is this document summarizes the rules for account types that can be used for transferring money or balances. By using these types of accounts, reporting is clear and consistent. The other pages highlight the accounts to use: Page 2 when transferring money within the Campus, and Page 3 between the Campus and UCSF Health.
  • Credit card fraud and identity theft are major concerns of the Credit Card Industry. To prevent these occurrences the Credit Card Industry has instituted Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) as security measures to safeguard sensitive cardholder data on credit card transactions. Compliance with PCI DSS is mandatory for all merchants and is enforced by the major card brands who established the PCI Security Standards Council. PCI Core Standards
  • Commonly used codes and schedules for capital assets and equipment:
  • Article Contents Employee Tax Forms Using GLACIER for Non-resident Alien Tax Compliance Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return Campus Tax Information UCSF Foundation Tax Information Sales and Use Tax Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) Miscellaneous Income City & County Who to Contact
  • Departments that have been established as a Sundry Debtor Customer, can accept sundry debtor payments as an electronic transfer, either as a wire transfer or ACH (Automated Clearing House), or in the form of a check. ACH or wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  • GL Monthly Schedule
  • Function is a two-character chartfield in the UCSF Chart of Accounts that fulfills internal and external reporting requirements to track higher education function classifications.  Function defines the mission/purpose of the transaction.  Functions also determine how costs are treated in the Facilities & Administration (F&A), or indirect cost, calculation.  Functions are designed for specific uses.  Users should select the Function code that best reflects the mission associated with the transaction or activity. 
  • Download the attached quick reference guide for a complete explanation of the seven Funds consolidated into other existing Funds on July 1, 2015.
  • PeopleSoft Journal Header - Input Record Definition Field Name Length Column Positions Comments/Issues Record Type 1 1 'H' indicates a Journal Header record Business Unit 5 2- 6 Required field; Input value of 'SFCMP' or ‘SFMED’ or ‘SFFDN’ Journal ID 10 7-16 Required field; assigned by Accounting Office Journal Date 8 17-24
  • Letter from Bank of America confirming bank information needed to accept incoming Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT).
  • Accessing the Chart of Accounts Fund Tree via the Controller's Office website now requires a connection from the UCSF network or VPN. If you are already connected to the UCSF network or VPN you may proceed. If you are connecting remotely, please connect to the UCSF VPN before accessing this resource. Review these Frequently Asked Questions (opens in new window) for more information about the UCSF VPN.
  • Accessing the Chart of Accounts Account Tree via the Controller's Office website now requires a connection from the UCSF network or VPN. If you are already connected to the UCSF network or VPN you may proceed. If you are connecting remotely, please connect to the UCSF VPN before accessing this resource. Review these Frequently Asked Questions (opens in new window) for more information about the UCSF VPN.
  • Accessing the Chart of Accounts Dept ID Tree via the Controller's Office website now requires a connection from the UCSF network or VPN. If you are already connected to the UCSF network or VPN you may proceed. If you are connecting remotely, please connect to the UCSF VPN before accessing this resource. Review these Frequently Asked Questions (opens in new window) for more information about the UCSF VPN.
  • The Fund chartfield is a 4-character alphanumeric value which identifies source of money. Fund identifies the source of financial support and demonstrates restrictions imposed by the governing board or in accordance with regulations, restrictions, or limitations imposed by sources outside the institution. It is a required field on revenue, expense, and transfer transactions.
  • The Account chartfield is a 5-character numeric value which identifies the nature or type of the transaction by classifying them into Assets, Liabilities, Equity (net position), Revenues, and Expenses. It is a required field on all transactions. The Accounts are organized into reporting levels using a PeopleSoft tree. The Accounts are designed to facilitate reporting and are generally used across the organization. The campus, foundation, and medical center will share the same list of Accounts. (See the Alternate Account section for additional information for medical center accounts). In other words, the Accounts do not have departmental ownership.
  • Department (also referred to as Dept ID) chartfield is a 6-character alphanumeric value which identifies the organizational unit involved in transaction or responsible for resource. Departments are seen as “Cost Centers” whose managers are responsible for all its associated costs and for ensuring adherence to its budgets. It is a required field on revenue, expense, and transfer transactions. A Department is defined as a distinctly identifiable department, division, or unit of an organization whose managers are responsible for all its associated costs and for ensuring adherence to its budgets
  • The Activity Period chartfield is a 2-character alphanumeric value which identifies the activity period for projects with multiple periods. Activity period chartfield allows reporting in a unit of time within an overall project. Activity period is primarily intended for sponsored projects to allow reporting on multi-year awards with competitive renewals for different project periods. Nevertheless, it can also be used for non-sponsored projects across multiple periods where interim reporting is needed. Values Examples of Activity Period values are: 01, 02, 03, 04, etc. through to 99.
  • The Project chartfield is a 7-character alphanumeric value which assists in uniquely identifying and tracking charges to a discrete set of activities, initiatives or projects. The focus of a Project is tracking an activity or a specified purpose. The Project is often associated with a person that is responsible or accountable for the activity. It is a required field on revenue, expense, and transfer transactions. Projects should not be confused with Funds. The Fund chartfield identifies the source, whereas a Project allows tracking for a particular activity or purpose (how a department uses funds). A Project usually has a specific beginning and ending date. Generally, a new Project may be established:
  • The Function chartfield is a 2-character alphanumeric value which fulfills internal and external reporting requirements to track higher education functional classifications. Function code also determines how costs are treated in the research Facilities & Administrative (F&A) or indirect cost rate calculation. For this purpose, it is particularly important that costs are accurately coded and that it is consistent with OMB Circular A-21 (federal) functional definitions. Function also facilitates internal mission-based reporting.Purpose/Use
  • Purpose The Flexfield chartfield is an optional value for departmental use designed to track information not captured by other chartfields. Before creating a Flexfield, a department should determine whether or not it is possible to track the activity using the other chartfields, or combinations of chartfields, in the new COA such as Account, Fund, Department, Project, Activity Period, or Function.
  • This letter can be used as a confirming statement that UCSF retains tax exempt status as described in the April 2014 letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • Letter from the State of California Franchise Tax Board confirming that the University of California and its affiliated organizations are considered part of the State of California and not subject to income tax. 
  • This table of Project Use, Project Name, and Project Descriptions indicates whether a user can add a non-shared Project.
  • Details on the fields in the Sundry Debtor Invoice and instructions for different browsers.
  • Accessing the Chart of Accounts Alt Account Tree via the Controller's Office website now requires a connection from the UCSF network or VPN. If you are already connected to the UCSF network or VPN you may proceed. If you are connecting remotely, please connect to the UCSF VPN before accessing this resource. Review these Frequently Asked Questions (opens in new window) for more information about the UCSF VPN.
  • UCSF Custody Codes list.
  • UCSF Capital Equipment & Accounting uses DocuSign to send Physical Inventory Certification Forms to Equipment Custodians. Custodians use DocuSign to sign, or “certify,” their forms and forward them to their Manager for approval.
  • Country codes used at UCSF.
  • This guide is intended for use with the FY 2017-18 Year-End Close Presentation slide deck, and provides easy access to the website references used in the presentation.
  • Use the following guidelines to ensure journal submissions include appropriate supporting documentation for the most commonly prepared journal types.
  • This reference details a history of enhancements to the GL Verification tool.
  • The General Ledger (GL) Verification Advisory Group's charter is to support the continuous improvement of the GL Verification Tool.
  • The General Ledger (GL) Verification online tool streamlines the General Ledger Verification (GLV) process with the goal of ensuring overall reasonableness of department financials. The tool uses a risk and sampling approach rather than a full reconciliation.
  • It is the responsibility of each department to ensure that financial transactions recorded in the general ledger are in accordance with all relevant policies, regulations, and sponsor or donor terms and conditions. The following guidelines are provided for Verifiers and Approvers when using the GL Verification Tool for general ledger verification activities.
  • This job aid contains instructions for running and working with the General Ledger (GL) Verification tool's reports.
  • Use this quick-reference for easy access to the website references from the 2018-19 Fiscal Year-End presentation slide deck.
  • Both the video from the June 10, 2019 broadcast below and the PDF slides include the question and answer session. For easy access to the website references used in the slide presentation, see 2018-19 Fiscal Year-End Close Presentation Website Links.
  • As a part of overall Equipment Custodian Responsibilities, this manual describes how to complete required duties in PeopleSoft Asset Management. For additional information on related procedures, see the Equipment Custodian Guide.
  • The Employee and Position Distribution Report displays current and future funding entries, including additional pay, in a list by HR Department, Position Department, Employee, Reports To, Position, and/or specific chartstring.
  • Both the video from the June 8, 2020 broadcast, and the PDF slides include the question and answer session. For easy access to the website references used in the slide presentation, see 2019-20 Fiscal Year-End Close Presentation Website Links.
  • Watch the video from the June 8, 2021 broadcast. The PDF slides include the question and answer session, as well as easy access to the website references used in the presentation.
  • For each country outside of the United States where UCSF has established operations, financial transactions are recorded in PeopleSoft using a foreign Business Unit. Intended only for use by UCSF Global Programs accounting teams, the Business Units allow for the recording and reporting of transactions in each country's respective local currency. Current Business Units, countries and corresponding currencies are as follows:
  • Select from the training options below to learn how to navigate in the Peoplesoft Fluid User Interface (UI). This introduction provides a general overview of the components most commonly used by department administrators at UCSF. To learn about the steps to navigate to a specific page, refer to training materials available on the Controller's Office website. eLearning: How to Navigate in the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Start Course Select a link below to jump to a specific lesson.
  • Completion of this two-part course is required for access to the PeopleSoft General Ledger module.
  • Watch the video (opens in new window) from the May 31, 2021 broadcast. The PDF slides (opens in new window) provide easy access to the website references used in the presentation.
  • Slide deck from the Spring 2018 go-live training sessions for the new General Ledger Verification Online Tool.  
  • A SpeedType is a 6 to 10 character shortcut key which can be used in many transactional systems including BearBuy, Connexxus, MyCores, and MyExpense. Establishment and use of SpeedTypes is recommended for situations where some system users (such as BearBuy Requesters and MyExpense self-preparers) are unfamiliar with the full financial chartstring. When a SpeedType is entered in these systems, it is expanded to the full chartstring (except for Account). Departments are responsible for creating and maintaining SpeedTypes. Following a naming convention for SpeedTypes is highly recommended and will make searching for SpeedTypes more efficient.
  • This guide explains how to use the PeopleSoft Worklist. The Worklist provides one easy-to-locate tile within PeopleSoft to view and take action on items.
  • This guide describes how to enter and maintain Department Functional Roles in PeopleSoft.
  • This step-by-step guide assists PeopleSoft users who have the Chartfield Approver role in identifying requests to approve new Projects and Flexfields.
  • Departments manage the request and setup for Projects within PeopleSoft. Workflow moves requests through department and Control Point approval, then through the final approval process by the Controller’s Office to complete the Project setup. This guide provides an overview of how Projects are set up, general guidelines for the types of activities that should be tracked using Projects, and step-by-step instructions on how departments request new Projects.
  • PeopleSoft Standard Journal Entries (SJEs) provide functionality to automate the scheduled recurring entry of similar or identical journals. This job aid explains how to define and review Standard Journals.
  • This step-by-step guide explains how to log into PeopleSoft Mobile Approvals to approve or deny journals on Apple iOS or Android devices.
  • This step-by-step guide explains how to act as a Control Point Approver in PeopleSoft.
  • This job aid provides step-by-step instructions on preparing a recharge journal. 
  • This guide defines and explains how to search for, enter into transactions, create, and maintain SpeedTypes in PeopleSoft.
  • If you need to print or save a PDF of a PeopleSoft journal, you can do so using the Print Journal process from the journal’s Lines tab. The process creates a PDF file that can be saved or printed. There is no requirement to save PDFs or print journals; PeopleSoft is the system of record. This step-by-step guide explains how to download and/or print a PeopleSoft Journal PDF file.
  • This step-by-step guide explains the differences between creating journals in foreign currency and U.S. dollars.
  • This guide explains how to delete journals in PeopleSoft.
  • As a Journal Approver, when an absence takes you out of the office you have the ability to temporarily assign an alternate approver who can review and approve or deny your journals so they post as intended. Approval delegation is performed in the PeopleSoft My System Profile page.
  • This guide describes how to prepare, edit, and submit Source Code 535 financial journals.
  • This guide explains Journal Approver responsibilities and how to review and approve or deny a journal in PeopleSoft. 
  • Internal controls are divided into key and non-key controls. Key controls are the primary procedures relied upon to mitigate a risk or prevent fraud. Non-key controls are considered secondary or back up controls. All controls can be grouped into one of the four components of internal control:
  • The Unclaimed Cash, ACH & Wires through YYYYMMDD file contains the current listing of items that remain unclaimed for 30 to 365 days. The Cash and Controls Team reconciles Account 10110 as part of the monthly General Ledger close and uploads the undistributed cash and cash equivalents reconciliation file into Box by the 15th business day of each month. Accessing Files in UCSF Box Access to the Controller's Office Cash, ACH & Wires folder is granted upon request and includes access to the Unclaimed Cash, ACH & Wires through YYYYMMDD file. Department administrators must request access to undistributed payments files.
  • WebLinks, the financial reporting system for the old Account Fund Profile (AFP) chart of accounts (COA), was used for historical data reporting (through February 2014). In conjunction with the 2022 retirement of WebLinks, select historical AFP datasets are now available in MyReports. This job aid provides step-by-step instructions to filter and run these reports.
  • The Subaward Status Report provides subaward financial details for review and reconciliation, including subaward budget, accounts payable (AP), and ledger activities.
  • This article explains how UCSF handles non-sponsored, incoming international and domestic funds received in the form of Automated Clearing House credits (ACH) and wire transfers. It also describes what departments should do to claim these funds and how to view the list of ACH/Wire payments.
  • This step-by-step guide demonstrates how employees with direct reports can assign and monitor the completion of required training courses available in the UC Learning Center. Satisfactory completion of training is a prerequisite for certain financial roles at UCSF. Managers can assign any required training available in the Learning Center to direct reports and monitor completion.
  • Establishing New Cash Handlers and Depositors, Handling Checks Other than for Gifts and Sponsored Projects, Handling Checks Received as Gifts, Handling Checks Received for Sponsored Projects, Incoming Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT)
  • Used only for requesting payments that contain sensitive or confidential information such as research subject payments, patient refunds, settlements, and damage payments.
  • Equipment Custodian or Department Representative should complete this form and obtain all required approvals when Requesting a new Custody Code, Changing the Equipment Custodian for existing Custody Code(s), Changing the Title/Description of a Custody Code, Changing the Dept ID of a Custody Code, Deactivating or Reactivating existing Custody Code(s)
  • University policy requires that the custodian of a petty cash fund who is directly responsible for the safekeeping and disbursement of the fund's cash must be appointed by the department head. The policy also requires that any change in custody of an existing fund must be documented in writing and the amount of the transfer verified.
  • Sundry Debtor is an invoice billed to external customers (not affiliated with UC) for usage of UCSF properties or services. Departments complete the Sundry request form and send it along with supporting document to [email protected] The Controller’s Office assigns an invoice number and send invoice to customers for payment via email.
  • Use this Intercampus Order and/or Change Form (IOC) for billing between two UC campuses or between one UC campus and the UC Office of the President (UCOP).  Send completed forms to [email protected] 
  • This form must be downloaded and opened in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader. The form will not function in a browser window. Follow the instructions on the form carefully to ensure your request is correctly submitted!
  • To ensure Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, a Merchant ID is required for each department wishing to accept credit or debit card payments. Complete this webform to request approval for a Merchant ID. If you have any questions about the form, contact Christine Chiang.
  • Use this form to request a new Account or a change to an existing Account Description (re-purposing old account numbers).
  • Completed California Form 590 - Withholding Exemption Certificate
  • Contact the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Financial Accounting Unit. 
  • Per Campus Administrative Policy 300-44, department managers are required to perform a cash count audit of their petty cash funds. Download this form to assist with the cash count audit process and to document audit results. Recordkeeping for the audit process is maintained at the department level; do not send the completed form to the Cash and Controls Team unless requested. Frequency of Cash Count Audits Non-research petty cash, cash equivalents, and change funds counts are mandatory for each fund based on amounts as follows:
  • Department managers use this form to add a new account in the Black Reconciliation System and to edit an existing account's attributes. MyAccess authentication is required to complete this form - click the Login link above to display the form.
  • Departments are required to submit proof of expenditures with all replenishment requests for research subject payments. In lieu of submitting individual receipts, departments may submit a disbursements log to document expenditures. Departments must document the following information on the log:
  • Equipment Custodians use this paper form to submit modification requests for donations, loaned equipment, inter-campus transfers, and other miscellaneous changes. All other equipment inventory modifications requests must be initiated using PeopleSoft Asset Management.
  • Campus Equipment Custodians use the Equipment Inventory Modification Request (EIMR) process to modify or dispose inventory equipment assigned to their departments. Only department delegated Equipment Custodians with authorized access can submit the electronic EIMR in PeopleSoft Asset Management. Review Equipment Custodian Responsibilities and refer to the PeopleSoft Asset Management Custodian Manual for additional guidance on the electronic EIMR submission process in PeopleSoft.
  • Fulfilling check requests to establish or replenish petty cash funds is a two-step process. Here’s what happens after you submit your petty cash check request form and how to get help during each step in the process. Step One: Review and Approval by Controller’s Office Cash and Controls
  • The Controller’s Office has observed an increase in deposits over the past two years using the bank’s generic deposit slips. This has contributed to an increase in misdirected deposits and unidentified deposits in our bank account with no corresponding cash journals. Why does it matter? The bank’s generic deposit slip contains no unique identifiers to tie the deposit to the department. This makes tracking a deposit much more difficult and increases opportunity for data entry errors by the depositor or bank teller.
  • UCSF maintains a drop safe location at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital at the UCSF OMFS Clinic, located in Building 5, Room 1N1. Deposits are permitted under the following guidelines:
  • A new file, Unclaimed Bank Deposits Transferred to the Central Fund, has been added to the Controller’s Office Cash, ACH & Wires folder in Box. It lists all bank deposits unclaimed for thirteen or more months that were transferred in fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22 to the Central Fund. Funds transferred to the Central Fund are still available for your department to claim using a cash journal. To claim funds:
  • Refer to the following resources and dates to ensure you are prepared for fiscal year-end close activities. Presentation If you are responsible for any year-end close activities and were unable to attend the Year-End Close Presentation held on May 31, watch the recorded session and review presentation slides on the Controller's Office website. Year-End Key Dates 2022 As we prepare for year-end, note the following key dates:
  • Fiscal year-end close is approaching! If you are responsible for any year-end close activities and were unable to attend the Year-End Close Presentation held on May 31, watch the recorded session and review presentation slides on the Controller's Office website. The year-end presentation is a great resource to learn more about the year-end close process, including dates and discussion of key close activities. Year-End Key Dates 2022 As we prepare for year-end, note the following key dates:
  • To help ensure your department has captured and accurately reported all department revenues by fiscal year-end, this is a reminder to check if any revenues from your expected receipts list have arrived and are logged on UCSF’s unclaimed cash, ACH, and wire payments list. Funds deposited into UCSF’s campus bank account are often intended for campus departments and must be claimed to move them to the appropriate chartstring.
  • To assist departments with the tracking of unapproved verifications, the General Ledger (GL) Verification Tool recently began sending email notifications of unapproved items. Designated Approvers will receive a monthly email informing them of all verifications pending their approval by accounting period and department.
  • During the pandemic, merchants experienced more losses to fraud due to a significant increase in card-not-present transactions. We will likely continue to see an increase in fraud as we move to a post-pandemic world. According to the Nilson Report (opens in new window), payment card industry losses due to fraud will amount to $408.50 billion over the next 10 years. UCSF’s merchants need to understand how credit card fraud can happen and its consequences. Review these important tips for detecting a common type of credit card fraud activity – known as card testing - and for protecting your merchant account.  
  • The Controller’s Office will host a presentation on May 31, 2022, to communicate fiscal year-end close activities, timelines, and expectations. The presentation will be delivered via Zoom. Participants will have an opportunity to raise questions during the live broadcast. Department managers, financial administrators, financial analysts, research administrators, and anyone else involved in the year-end close process should plan to watch the live broadcast or review the recorded presentation.
  • Petty Cash Custodians must follow established procedures when changing ownership of or terminating a petty cash account. Custodians remain responsible for all funds until they receive acknowledgement of the termination or change in authority from the Controller’s Office. In the event of staffing changes that result in terminating the custodial authority of a Petty Cash Custodian (e.g., extended leave, a transfer to a different department, or separation from UCSF), Department Heads must account for the petty fund’s cash and request either a change in Custodian or termination of the fund.
  • The Controller’s Office recommends claiming all funds within five business days of the cash deposit, Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment, or wire transfer. Journal Preparers should submit deposit journals as soon as they become aware of the receipt of funds, such as upon receiving a check in the mail or identifying an electronic funds transfer intended for your department. Your timely claiming of funds and journal submission helps ensure that revenue for your department is posted to the General Ledger correctly and without delay.
  • We need your help to ensure that we receive a copy of every IRS Form 1099-MISC issued to UCSF. During tax season, the Controller’s Office must review all IRS Forms 1099-MISC issued to UCSF to verify if tax has been withheld and to report and reclaim withholding amounts. Review the guidelines below to identify when your department may receive a Form 1099-MISC issued to UCSF and how to submit it to the Controller's Office for review. What is Form 1099-MISC?
  • To ensure petty cash is properly accounted for and that records are accurately stated, petty cash verification letters will be distributed via DocuSign to petty cash custodians in early January. Custodians must complete and return their verification letters no later than Monday, February 14, 2022. Failure to comply with the required process may result in closure of the petty cash fund. The reduction in research and on-site work in response to COVID-19 may have temporarily impacted access to departmental petty cash funds. Accurate accounting for petty cash funds is especially important in light of these recent events since the use and balance of petty cash may be significantly different from normal.
  • For operations outside of the United States, financial transactions are recorded in UCSF’s PeopleSoft Financial System using the local currency of the country. As part of the month-end close process, transaction amounts recorded in foreign currencies are translated to U.S. dollars and used for our financial reporting purposes. Established procedures in PeopleSoft for foreign currency conversion aim to represent the actual cost of expenses and to minimize gains or losses due to fluctuations in exchange rates over time.
  • Beginning in mid-October, some PeopleSoft system journals, including external flat files, journals created through the journal generator process, and allocations journals, are posting to suspense. These system journals are being incorrectly marked as “Invalid Dept-Function” during the nightly batch edit process. The PeopleSoft technical team is investigating the root cause, while working to minimize the number of ongoing suspense entries. However, journals created from the journal generator process, including accounts payable voucher journals, may continue posting to suspense. The technical team is working directly with users who manage suspense corrections for system journals to address necessary corrections.