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Biennium Close

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:
    http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/sites/default/files/training-and-events/RunningReceivingExceptionReport4BPO.pdf
     
  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 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

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

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.

Encumbrances