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AP Process

See guidance on our website: https://finance.uw.edu/ps/how-to-pay/payment-status-terms-timelines-delays

Please note that wire payment details are not included with the Payment Loop feature.

When Invoice Reconciliation has started in ARIBA (an IR is available on the Reconciliation tab), the Payments tab will show up as well.

  • On the day the invoice status changes from Reconciling to Reconciled, the Approved Amount of the invoice will show on the Payments tab.
  • The following day, more payment information will begin showing up in the ARIBA Payments tab, like the Doc Seq Invoice No. (DSI number) and Invoice Status, followed by the Scheduled Pay Date and the Check Number, and finally with the Check Date, which is the date the payment is issued.
    • Funds availability for ePayables is indicated by receipt of the Remittance Advice document the supplier will receive when funds are available on the card.
    • Funds availability for ACH payments is based on the supplier's bank's posting procedures.
  • The Check Clear Date will show when the information is available, and also depends on processing by the supplier and payment type (paper checks may take 30 days or more to update).

Note: This is the best-case scenario, assuming there are no errors (such as a closed budget number) that would prevent the payment from being processed.

Approval

Non-Catalog Orders and BPOs use the same approval process as eProcurement catalog orders. When you assign a budget number to an item, then the Approvers and Watchers will be added based on the eProcurement ASTRA roles that are in effect for the budgets/organizations involved. 

Ariba

Comments and attachments can be deleted while the document (requisition, Non-PO, etc.) is in Composing status. This applies to Requisitions, Expense Reports, Reimbursements, Payments to Individuals (P2I) and Non-PO Invoices. When a document is withdrawn after being submitted, the status returns to Composing, and the attachments can then be deleted. Attachments cannot be deleted if the document is in a status other than Composing.

If you are a Watcher or another person has approved an order or invoice, you can remove the item from your To Do list by archiving the item. To archive approval requests:

  1. On the bottom right corner of the To Do box, click View More
  2. On the Approval Requests page that comes up, select the Approval Request(s) that you want to remove
  3. Click Archive to Label. You can archive to the default label of Archive Items, or you can assign a different label

In some cases, your To Do content might contain documents that you are no longer responsible for. (For example, if a document was assigned to you based on your org code and you are no longer with that department) The document might remain in your To Do column. You can clean up the To Do content item to remove these documents. To clean up: 

  1. On the bottom right corner of the To Do box, click View More
  2. On the Approval Requests page that comes up, click Clean Up

See guidance on our website: https://finance.uw.edu/ps/how-to-pay/payment-status-terms-timelines-delays

Please note that wire payment details are not included with the Payment Loop feature.

The error that shows on a requisition as "The line item contains one or more invalid flields" is most likely due to the Description of the line item. If the Description on a line item is more than 240 characters, it will trigger an error to the preparer, but many times the preparer can't figure out why.

 

To resolve: Click on the Approval Flow tab. Instead of the normal approval flow, you will see an error that says "The approval flow cannot be displayed because the Ariba system found the following error or missing fields." Below that, the line item with the description causing the error will be listed, along with a better description of the error. Here is an example: "Line Item 1, Description: Full Description can be no longer than 240 characters." The preparer must edit the description down to 240 characters or less in order to submit the request.

Central Office has strict rules about what can be verified as appropriate charges on a budget. Because we can’t verify what is and is not allowable on budgets (nor should we since they are not our budgets), we can only make budget changes to and from the same budget type. However, you as the department know what is allowable and can create an expense transfer in MyFD once the invoice posts to change it to whatever budget you deem appropriate. 

Review the order in ARIBA. If the balance should not be open, you must close the purchase order (PO), which will remove the open balance from the budget.  To close Catalog and Non-Catalog POs, use the Change/Close Order Request Form.  For Blanket Purchase Orders (BPO), visit the Closing or Changing Blanket Purchase Orders page and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to close a BPO.  

No, there is only one Preparer on an ARIBA order (including catalog or non-catalog POs and BPOs). Only the person submitting the request is the Preparer.

No, there is only one Requester on an ARIBA order (including catalog or non-catalog POs and BPOs). For POs, the person listed in the "On Behalf Of" field is the Requester. For BPOs, the person listed in the "Contact" field is the Requester.

Standing Orders can be based on a quantity or on a dollar amount. You specify quantity or amount when you create the CR (Contract Request). BPO is the only ARIBA module designed to easily handle standing orders. It offers the ability to set start and expiration dates, variable dollar amounts (for orders based on Amount) and the ability to increase or decrease Quantity or Amount over time. Best Practice is to use BPOs for standing orders or recurring purchases.

The current size limit is 4 MB for attachments in ARIBA (Catalog, Non-Catalog, BPO, Non-PO Invoice, etc.)

The following document types may be attached in ARIBA:

txt, csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx, dotx, potx, ppt, pptx, ppsx, sldx, xltx, pdf, ps, rtf, htm, html, xml, jpeg, jpg, bmp, gif, png, zip

If you need to change your budget number, budget distribution, or PCA codes on a current ARIBA Catalog or Non-Catalog order, you can do so by filling out the Change/Close Order Request form.

If a Central Receiver is added to the organization in ASTRA, they will begin receiving notifications when a receipt is created and be able to receive on a BPO the day after the role assignment in ASTRA.

When a BPO is created, the first receipt (RCxxxxxx) is also created at that time, and the receipt is thus able to be accessed for receiving only by those that have receiving ability when that receipt was created. Since only the Preparer and Contact (Requester) have the receiving ability automatically for BPOs, these are the people who will receive on the BPO.

If a BPO is created, and later a Central Receiver is assigned in ASTRA, the Central Receiver will not have access to receipts prior to their activation date. They will only have the receiving ability for receipts created the day after the role is assigned in ASTRA.

Most Exception Items may now be ordered through ARIBA. For more information, see the Exception Item list.

To ensure successful submission of a new or revised Contract Request (CR) when you encounter the "Limit Type Conflict" error message, please follow the instructions below.

Error Message:

You have encountered a 'Limit Type Conflict' while submitting your Contract Request.  Please contact Procurement Customer Service for assistance.

Solution:

  1. Go to the CR's Pricing Terms section.
  2. Edit the first line item listed under Materials and Services.
  3. Under the Limits section, in the Set Item Limits dropdown menu, choose the limit type you do not want submitted:
    1. Choose Quantity, if your current choice is set to Amount.
    2.  Choose Amount, if your current choice is set to Quantity.
  4. In the Maximum Quantity or Maximum Amount field, enter 0 (zero).
  5. At the lower right-hand corner of the page, click OK.  You will receive an error message.
  6. Return to the Limits section.
  7. In the Set Item Limits dropdown menu, choose the limit type you want submitted.  Or:
    1. Choose Amount, if you chose Quantity in step 3.
    2. Choose Quantity, if you chose Amount in step 3.
  8. In the Maximum Quantity or Maximum Amount field, type the amount or quantity you'd originally entered.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Repeat steps 1 – 9, if you have multiple line items.
  11. Return to the CR's Summary section.
  12. On the upper right-hand corner of the Summary section, click the Submit button.

Non-Catalog Orders and BPOs use the same approval process as eProcurement catalog orders. When you assign a budget number to an item, then the Approvers and Watchers will be added based on the eProcurement ASTRA roles that are in effect for the budgets/organizations involved. 

Please visit the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) webpage about outgoing subawards, which contains guidance on initiating subaward BPOs. 

Both the preparer and requester will be copied on the email that is sent to the supplier. The email will include a PDF version of the EI as an attachment. In addition, if you have attached a quote and marked it Visible to Supplier, the quote will also be attached to the email that is sent. Even though we recommend using an email instead of fax number, if you must use a fax number, a copy of the EI and any attachments marked as Visible to Supplier will be faxed.

If you need to change your budget number, budget distribution, or PCA codes on a current ARIBA Catalog or Non-Catalog order, you can do so by filling out the Change/Close Order Request form.  If you need to change information on a current Blanket Purchase Order, visit the Changing or Closing Blanket Purchase Orders (BPO) page for instructions.

To search for rejected invoices:

  1. Click Search in the blue command bar.
  2. Select Invoice from the drop-down.
  3. Ensure the Status field is visible in the Search Filter window. If it is not, click the Search Options link in the upper right-hand corner, and select Status.
  4. Click on the drop-down arrow for the Status field and select Rejected.
  5. Optionally, you can add other search filters such as Supplier and Invoice Date.
  6. Click Search.
  7. Rejected invoices meeting the Search filter criteria should appear in the Search Results.

You will see a status of Rejected on the Invoices Tab of the BPO. If the status of the Invoice is Reconciled, that means that the invoice has been released for payment.

To determine the status of the BPO Invoice for invoices paid or rejected prior to the 9r2 deployment:

  1. Navigate to the invoice detail by clicking on the Invoice ID
  2. Click on the Reconciliation Tab of the invoice to see if the status is Rejected or Paying.