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Best Practices

Please review the information for How to Apply on the Procard webpage. Note that your administrator will be contacted to substantiate the validity of the applicant and provide information on the purchasing coordinator for your department. Once approved, you will be contacted to pick up your card. 

The chart below highlights the top recommended buying methods.  Click on any of these titles to be redirected to a webpage that provides more information about these methods.

  1. ARIBA Catalog Orders
  2. ARIBA Non-Catalog Orders
  3. ARIBA NonPO Invoice
  4. ProCurement Card

If you discover a duplicate payment for an order, contact Procurement Customer Service at pcshelp@uw.edu. Please include the date of the original and duplicate payments, the budget number(s), the PO number(s), and the account code(s) charged. We will assist you in getting a refund for the duplicate payment.

Use Commodity Code 12142204 - Radioactive.

Absolutely not. According to new state regulations, purchases or payments between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00, excluding tax, are to be competitively bid and documented. These purchases and payments should be made through Ariba buying functionality. Learn more about the Direct Buy Limit.

No. When we send payment to the supplier for your Non-PO Invoice, the information they are provided from your Non-PO is the invoice number, dollar amount and any remittance notes you have added. Because the invoice number field only allows for 15 characters, there is generally not enough room to enter multiple invoice numbers in the space. Also, without the proper invoice number, the supplier will not know where to apply your payment.

Invoice vouchers are required for the following circumstances:

  • Invoices over $10,000 submitted by a department for payment

  • To communicate special check handling instructions

  • To communicate wire transfer instructions

  • When an invoice is in a foreign language

If the receipt is in someone's name other than the UW employee, the person who made payment should be reimbursed through eReimbursement for a Non-UW Employee. 

Ex: If a spouse orders the item through Amazon and it charges their credit card, even if the credit card and bank account are shared, the department should reimburse the spouse, not the employee. Use eReimbursement, select No for the UW Employee question, then select Other under UW Affiliation.

Meals are held to the state required per diem rate. If there are any additional charges, they can be charged to a discretionary funding source only when approved by a Dean or Vice President. Keep a record of the number of attendees of the event. If the cost goes over the per diem rate, also keep a justification of why that supplier was chosen. 

If a supplier includes a discount on your quote, this does not change the Maximum Amount of your BPO. The BPO must be set up for the pre-discount amount. Make sure to set the Maximum for the line item and the Maximim Limit on the Summary of the BPO for the pre-discounted (full price) amount.

The supplier must include the discount amount on the invoice as part of the Header Charges when the invoice is submitted. The header charge area is used for discounts, tax, shipping and handling. When receiving, you must receive for the full amount of the line item price as well. The header discount will be applied and the payment will be issued for the amount minus the discount.

No. There is no need to print the Non-PO Invoice copy as it will remain in ARIBA for the full retention period. However, you may want to document the Non-PO Invoice number on the invoice obtained from the supplier for easy reference.

Departments can purchase gift cards for employee recognition using the Procard. However, the gift must be reported to Payroll because the gift is taxable. See Employee Recognition.
 

A blank Remit-To address box indicates that the supplier is not fully onboarded as a supplier with the UW and you may not make a payment to them until the Remit-To address is visible.

To be considered fully onboarded as a UW supplier, the supplier must complete both registration steps: First suppliers must fill out the Supplier Registration Form (SRF). Second, they must enroll for electronic payments if they are a domestic supplier.

If the Remit-To address is blank, the supplier has not enrolled for electronic payments. Best Practice is to verify that your chosen supplier is fully onboarded and ready to be paid in advance of providing the goods or service for which they will be invoicing. The supplier can contact vcontrol@uw.edu for more information.

To inquire about the status of your check, please contact Procurement Customer Services at 206-543-4500 or email them at pcshelp@uw.edu.

Because there is no way to notify the suppliers as to why you changed the invoice to a different amount, you must contact the supplier and request a new invoice reflecting your changes. This will cut down on the number of phone calls you receive from the supplier when the amount paid does not match the amount of the original invoice.

No. Services by an individual or group cannot be paid by check request.

How to pay service invoices under $10,000:

  • Invoices for services provided by an individual may be paid through Payments to Individuals (P2I) in Ariba
  • Invoices for services provided by a group or supplier must be paid by Non-PO Invoice unless the invoice is part of a larger contract placed

How to pay service invoices over $10,000:

  • A buyer will be added to the Approval Flow

As best practice, we recommend that you do not try to get too detailed. For example, the Commodity Code of Computer Equipment and Accessories is sufficient for ordering items such as a keyboard or a mouse. You don't have to find the exact code for a keyboard. Please visit the Commodity Code page for further information: Commodity Codes. If you are still having difficulty in finding a commodity code, then email pcshelp@uw.edu for assistance.

UW Procurement Services strongly recommends inside delivery for equipment weighing more than 100 pounds. Inside delivery includes uncrating, setting up the equipment at its intended location and removal of packaging debris. Inside delivery eliminates liability risks and is well worth the minor cost.
Here’s why:

  • It’s never a good idea to leave expensive equipment on an unsecured loading dock awaiting its final destination.
  • Employee safety: when employees try to install heavy equipment even with correct equipment, departments put themselves at risk for potential injuries to staff and L&I claims.
  • Internal delivery gives departments the ability to inspect equipment for hidden damages prior to signing the delivery receipt.
  • Inside delivery ensures the proper transfer of “chain of ownership” that makes it clear who is responsible for damage during the shipping or installation process.

No. Travel expenses should be paid using either eTravel or Payments to Individuals (P2I).

As a state institution, we do not issue money orders or cashier's checks.

Procurement Services discourages purchases from eBay. When considering an eBay purchase, it is important to remember that you have no recourse if the item is received damaged or not in working condition, except eBay’s moderation between you and the seller. There is no guarantee in such a case that your money will ever be refunded. Also, many times these items come as is with no warranty. If the item breaks or stops working, your department is either out the money you paid or now looking for someone to fix it for an additional cost.

Departments should heavily consider the risks prior to making such purchases. One additional thought to consider is whether an item is applicable for M&E tax exemption and equipment tagging. If so, you would not be able to claim the M&E tax exemption if purchased through eBay.

eBay does not accept purchase orders. This is because when you buy on eBay, you buy from individual sellers, not from eBay. The individual sellers will invoice you and payment will be made via credit card, in most cases prior to the item being delivered.

Biennium Close

Subawards are not subject to Biennium rules; however, invoices should be paid in the correct accounting period regardless of budget type.

Biennium budgets (i.e. GOF / DOF) will, as long as the budget hasn't been closed, have their end dates automatically updated as the new biennium date starts.

RSTs, RTEs and OSETs can only be processed through the expense transfer.

Learn more at http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/bienniumclose-onlinetransfers

Deficit, lump sums, fabrications, end of biennium balances and revenues.

 

See the section on Online Expense Transfers above for more information. Learn more at http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/bienniumclose-onlinetransfers