Effective June 1, 2015, the University will increase its bidding requirements to the following:
- Purchases less than $10,000 may be made by departments without bidding. Departments may not split orders to avoid this bid threshold.
- Purchases between $10,000 and $50,000 must follow the policies governing informal bids.
- Purchases of $50,000 and higher must be awarded through a formal bid process.
In addition to the Purchasing policy, the following fiscal policies have been updated:
- FI0715 Entertainment – The procurement card can be used to purchase entertainment items costing less than $10,000 that have been preapproved in accordance with the entertainment policy.
- FI0420 Contracts – Payable contracts must comply with purchasing policy and must be obtained competitively unless the goods or services cost less than $10,000. Note: Any contract, regardless of the dollar amount, must still be processed through the contract review process.
- FI0530 Procurement Cards – Procurement cards can be used to purchase items costing less than $10,000. They must be for business use and payments may not be split to avoid the bid limit. Assets costing $5,000 or more may not be purchased with the procurement card.
- FI0525 Petty Cash – Petty cash purchases may be made up to $9,999.99 for a single-item purchase in accordance with the petty cash policy.
Scanning and Attaching Invoices click here for the lesson on Adding Attachments. It can also be found from the invoice entry transactions (FV60, FB60, etc.) under Help -> IRIS Help -> ‘FV60 – Add Attachments’.
Departments are encouraged to scan and attach invoices in IRIS for all disbursement transactions processed by them. This will soon be a requirement. This improves document storage, retrieval and assists IRIS approvers.
The Treasurer’s Office is announcing two improvements in the process for procuring sensitive minor equipment and assets with the following procedural changes, effective Monday, March 23, 2015:
- Sensitive minor equipment (costing between $1,500 and 4,999.99) may be purchased with a procurement card. Here are some important points to be aware of:
- An asset record must still be created in IRIS for the sensitive minor equipment. Transaction code AS01 should be used to create the asset. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of your procurement card!
- When reconciling the statement, record the asset on the appropriate line of the statement using the complex posting function.
- Make sure the statement is reconciled and approved!
This change was based on a suggestion from Ms. Sharon Marshall, Business Manager with the Knoxville Chemistry Department, and made possible by Mr. Bill Thompson, Controller’s Office, in addition to help from others on the IRIS and Controller’s Office staff.
A video showing the steps for recording the asset record on the procurement card reconciliation is available on the Accounts Payable’s Website. An online tutorial of the entire reconciliation process, including the steps for recording the asset is available at: https://irishelp.tennessee.edu/gm/folder-1.11.17702.
- The timing of recording assets will now occur at the time of payment instead of at the time of requisition. This should result in fewer touches to the asset record. Here are some important points to be aware of:
- On the requisition, you must choose the account assignment of K or U (for framework orders). The account assignment of A will no longer be available on requisitions.
- When submitting a requisition for an asset, you will now use expense G/L accounts:
- 439400 for Sensitive Minor Equipment
- 461xxx series for major pieces of equipment costing $5000 or more each
- The asset is created in the same way as in the current process, using AS01, but it does not have to be created until the invoice is paid. Since the asset will have already been procured, it will be possible to enter the serial number when creating the asset.
- Requisitions will no longer route to the Asset Management workflow stop.
- For MIR7 invoices, if an asset G/L account is being used, the asset must be recorded on the invoice.
- For MIR7 invoices, the invoice will stop at the Asset Management workflow stop when an asset is the account assignment of the invoice.
- For FB60, there is no change in the process, but a new step is introduced to route to the Asset Management workflow stop when an asset is being created.
Online tutorials for paying for an asset on various types of invoices are available as follows:
- MIR7 - Regular PO – Invoice with Asset: https://irishelp.tennessee.edu/gm/folder-1.11.17797
- MIR7 - Framework Order PO – Invoice with Asset: https://irishelp.tennessee.edu/gm/folder-1.11.16524
- Sensitive Minor Equipment without a PO: https://irishelp.tennessee.edu/gm/folder-1.11.14687
These changes should result in streamlined processes for these procurement processes and are effective Monday, March 23, 2015. If there are questions that the provided materials do not answer, please direct those questions to the Purchasing Office 423 425-4461.