Final Action Date

The Final Action Date (FAD) is the last day the budget is open for the department to post expenditures. After the FAD, your budget will automatically change from status 1 (open to revenue and expenditures) to status 3 (closed to revenue and expenditures, open to expense transfers).

Timeline of the Final Action Date highlighting it's importance

Each budget's FAD is listed on its Budget Information page on GrantTracker.

Calculating the Final Action Date

The FAD is based on the due date for your budget's final report and/or invoice as stipulated in your award agreement. The FAD is before the due date mandated in the award to allow GCA sufficient time to prepare each budget's final reconciliation. 

Note that in a typical month, GCA prepares 300-400 financial reports and ~800 invoices requiring some degree of manual processing. Setting the FAD before a final report or invoice is due allows us to manage this workload.

Impact on GCA and Department Processes

Once an award's FAD has passed, it is eligible for final reporting and/or invoicing based on the expenditure total as of the FAD. Therefore any charges that post to a budget after its FAD will not be included in the final report, invoice, or letter of credit draw. While GCA will consider submitting a revised report or invoice where there are extenuating circumstances, the sponsor is not contractually obligated to accept a late or revised report or invoice, or to allow a late draw of funds. If a sponsor does not reimburse an invoice or allow drawing of charges that posted after the FAD, the department is responsible for the resulting cash deficit.

By working to ensure that all expenditure transactions, including expense transfers, have posted to the budget by the FAD, you will help UW maintain good relationships with our sponsors by providing them timely and accurate final deliverables, reports and reimbursement requests. 

Late Charges

GCA understands that some charges can be slow to post, especially travel reimbursements, Procard charges, and subcontract invoices. If your FAD is approaching and you know you will have late transactions, you may use the Pending Transactions Detail Form to send us a list of pending items. Please complete all sections of the form and submit to GCA via GrantTracker ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL ACTION DATE, and we will incorporate the pending items into your final invoice and/or report. HOWEVER, federal budgets that are reimbursed via LETTER OF CREDIT must have all transactions post BEFORE the final draw deadline.

Questions?

For inquiries on a specific budget, please use GrantTracker. If you have more general questions about the Final Action Date process, please email gcahelp@uw.edu.