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Best Practices

UW Staff with a valid netID can access invoice copies through Procurement Desktop Reports (PDR). Additionally, most journal voucher copies, ARIBA payments, and a number of ISD or CTI copies can be located through your budget using the MyFinancial Desktop (MyFD) Reconciliation report.

Copies of checks can be requested by emailing Please include the check number and check date.

The front desk at Mailing Services is where checks can be picked up. People should only come to pick up a check after receiving a call that the check is ready. Please note, suppliers are not allowed to pick up checks. Only University of Washington employees or students working for departments may pick up checks.

Honoraria payments may be made using Payments to Individuals (P2I) in Ariba. For more information on how to submit an honoraria payment through P2I and the paperwork needed, see the Honoraria web page.

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.

Biennium Close

The Purchasing department has access to change biennium indicator for manual and online orders with service date. AP staff can change biennium indicator for online orders without service date.

It is the department's responsibility to determine whether there actually are pending charges on the requisition and to take appropriate action. If there are pending charges on the requisition, it should remain open for those postings. If there are no charges coming through, the department should request liquidation of the encumbrance.

The fiscal biennium of the state shall commence on the first day of July in each odd-numbered year and end on the thirtieth day of June of the next succeeding odd-numbered year.” RCW 1.16.020

To comply with Washington State accounting procedures for closing out the current Biennium, the University's books of account will be held open for a limited time during the month of July to record transactions processed after June 30 relating to business of the expiring fiscal period. 

Biennium close affects State (GOF) funds only.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Biennium Close deadlines
    See the Biennium Close page for more information
  2. Ensure your requisitions are not held in a discrepancy status.
  3. Run a BPO Receiving Exception report periodically to see if there are any Blanket Purchase Orders needing to be recieved.
    Running the report weekly is a helpful “best practice” to ensure you have not missed anything that could have resulted from email system or network outages.  A reference guide on how to run this report is located at:
  4. Follow up with vendors to ensure all invoices for the prior biennium period are sent to Accounts Payable for payment and recording in the proper Biennium
  5. Monitor your encumbrances and budget(s) on MyFinancial Desktop or the BAR.

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 and self-sustaining) 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

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


See the section on Online Expense Transfers above for more information. Learn more at

UW’s MyFinancial. Desktop has a robust website with up to date information and frequently asked questions.  See MyFinancial.desktop or contact them at

General Payment Information for the 2013-2015 Biennium

The PAS system processes vendor payments every night except for 7/7/2015, which is the FAS biennium crossover. The PAS system cannot issue payments for new-biennium invoices before the FAS biennium crossover

Please Note: PAS vendor payments include printed vendor checks as well as ACH and bankcard payments


July 1st - 6th Vendor payments dated July 1st - 6th are only for the PRIOR biennium (2013-2015)
July 7th

PAS system will be down and unavailable from about 6pm on the evening on July 7th

(FAS biennium crossover occurs)

July 8th

No vendor payments issued today. No special payment requests can be accepted or processed.

The new Biennium is now set as 2013-2015

July 9th
First date for posting new-biennium PAS transactions to FAS
July 27th
until the next
FAS biennium crossover
in July 2017
PAS vendor payments only available for NEW biennium (2015-2017)


Blanket POs

It is important to fix this as soon as possible, because the BPO is now fully received and subsequent invoices will not release to be paid.

To correct this, you must:

  1. Change the BPO and add a 1 cent ($0.01) to BOTH:
    1. The Maximum Limit in the Limits section, and
    2. The Maximum Limit on the Line Item in the Pricing Terms section.
    3. See example below.
  2. Submit the changes.
  3. The CR will need to be fully approved again by all of the original approvers.
  4. When the new version of the BPO is available in the Open status:
    1. Create another receipt for negative amount that is equal to the Maximum BPO amount MINUS the amount you over-received.
    2. See example below.

Example: My BPO is for a Maximum Limit of $1,000.00. An invoice with a line item dollar amount of $100.00 came in for my BPO. When I did the receiving, I received all $1,000.00 instead of the $100.  The invoice that had the $100.00 line item amount was paid, which is OK. However, the Receive button is no longer visible on the BPO. I need to get the Receive button back and fix my BPO so it still has $900.00 left on it.

  1. If you received full amount for a BPO with a Maximum Limit of $1,000.00, you would change the Maximum Limit on the BPO and Line Item to $1,000.01.
  2. Submit the changes and allow all approvers to re-approve.
  3. When the new version of the BPO is available in the Open status, create your negative receipt for the amount you over-received. In this example, you would receive -$900.00.

For a detailed, step-by-step guide and examples, refer to the Troubleshooting section of the Receiving webpage.

In general, the received amounts will result in the oldest invoice being reconciled and paid first. 

Below is a screen capture of the types of time-stamps described above.  Note that all of the invoices arrived around 1:25 PM:

To ensure that funds are released appropriately for all invoices which are created on the same day, it is important to follow the steps outlined below:

Before receiving, you should carefully review the values of under the Date/Time Created column for invoices that have arrived together for a BPO on the same date:

  1. Review the details of each specific invoice for the BPO.

  2. If there are any incorrect invoices, then you need to submit the BPO Invoice Reject Request ( form for each incorrect invoice. (Note: DO NOT reject the correct invoices).

    a.  If you have submitted a BPO Invoice Reject Request, you must wait to hear back from
        Procurement Services that the rejection has completed for the BPO before you do any
        receiving for the BPO. 

    b.  After all invoice rejections for the BPO are complete, you can proceed to receive the
         appropriate dollar amounts for each of the correct invoices, oldest to newest.

  3. If all invoices are correct and should be reconciled and paid, proceed to receive the appropriate dollar amounts for each of the correct invoices, oldest to newest.

This happens if you accidentally click on the Invoice Button instead of the Invoice Tab when you receive, and then you click on Exit, and then click the Save link (instead of Delete). You now have an invoice listed on the BPO Invoices tab with a 0 dollar amount. The screen capture below illustrates how this looks. INV3435 for $0.00 is in the Composing Status:

To remove the $0.00 invoice:

1.  Note the ID of the $0.00 invoice you want to delete.

2.  Click on the Invoicing Tab that is at the top of the page, immediately below the Ariba Spend Management header:

3.  The Invoicing Dashboard will be displayed. Click on the View List link located in the lower right hand corner of My Documents and select Invoice:

4.  Locate the ID of invoice you noted above. Click the checkbox next to it and then click Delete:



Use Commodity Code 12142204 - Radioactive.

Select the checkbox next to the Line Item you want to split and click Edit. Once the line item detail is displayed, scroll down and click on Split Accounting. A new page will appear allowing you to add a second budget. Just below the item description and above Add Split and Update buttons, you will see a drop down menu that says Split By. Here you can choose percentage, amount or quantity.

Approximated tax and freight are included in the Tolerances field.  Make sure to account for tax and freight when calculating the Maximum Amount you want to spend with a supplier.

If you are the Contact, the Preparer, or have Edit Access on a BPO, you can change the Contact by following these steps:

  1. Go into each BPO and click the Change button.
  2. On the Summary section (#8 on the left menu), click the drop down menu for Contact
  3. Select Search for More, then look up the name of the person you wish to be the Contact
  4. Click Select by the person's name
  5. When you return to the Summary page, you should see the person listed as the Contact. Click Submit

Be aware that this change will require the order to go back through the Approval Flow and will add a new version to the end of the Contract Request and BPO. (Ex: BPO50 will become BPO50-v2)

To learn more about changing information on a BPO, visit the Changing or Closing Blanket Purchase Orders page.

If you click the Change button on a BPO and then

  • Exit and Save without finishing the changes, or
  • Close the browser window without exiting or logging off (not recommended)

the new version of the CR is saved in the Composing status. The system removes the Change button from the BPO because a new version of the CR already exists. The Change button will not reappear on the CR or the BPO until

  • The changes are completed, submitted and approved so that there is a new version of the BPO as well. Or,
  • The new version is deleted if you did not intend to make the changes.

To finish making the changes and submit them for approval:

  • Search for the new version of the CR by using the eProcurement Search.  Be sure to search for the Contract Request (CR), not the Contract (BPO).
  • When you locate the new version that is in the Composing status, click on the CR ID or the Title to open it up.
  • Click the Edit button.
  • Finish making your changes.
  • Click Submit.
  • The changes will need to be fully approved through the eProcurement system approval process
  • Once the changes are fully approved, the updated version of the BPO is sent to the supplier and the Change button will be visible again.

To delete the new version:

  • Search for the new version of the CR by using the eProcurement Search.  Be sure to search for the Contract Request (CR), not the Contract (BPO).
  • When you locate the new version that is in the Composing status, click on the CR ID or the Title to open it up.
  • Click the Undo Change button.
  • After you undo the changes, the Change button should be visible again. When you click the Back link in eProcurement, the old Search Results will still have the Composing version. Click the Search button again, and the new results will only display the current (unchanged) version.
  • For a step-by-step guide that includes screen captures on how to do this, refer to: /fm/ps/sites/default/files/training-and-events/how-to-guides/LostChangeButton.pdf