KSU Policy Administrative policy regarding purchasing, sales and disposal of property and inventory control (C) Inventory control and the sale or disposal of university equipment (1) Inventory control. Equipment purchased with university funds shall be subject to university inventory control procedures. All equipment with a value in excess of $2,500 with a life expectancy of more than one year must be tagged and assigned an inventory control number by university inventory control. Each department head is responsible for such equipment and shall perform a physical equipment inventory every two years in order for the university to maintain compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.
Recent Investigation by the Office of the Ohio Inspector General Office created by the Governor to investigate the management and operations of state agencies. Reviewed the use of federal grant funds awarded to KSU through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of Found that we had failed to properly inventory a portion of the Universitys research equipment. – Equipment purchased with these grant funds did not have an asset tag affixed to the item and was not entered into KSUs inventory system (Banner).
OMB Circular A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education As a recipient of federal funding, the University is required to complete a physical inventory of its equipment and other assets every 2 years. By not returning your inventory confirmation report to the Controllers office, the University is out of compliance with this regulation.
Responsibilities of the Controllers Office Maintaining accurate and complete information for all capital equipment, including creating and updating the records of capitalized equipment, and recording their retirement. Facilitating the bi-annual Departmental Inventory Confirmation self-audit process. Determining if new acquisitions are capital equipment and issuing tags to an organization's equipment coordinator for that equipment.
Responsibilities of the Chair/Department Head Financial responsibility for capitalized equipment rests with the relevant Chair or Department Head (purchasing, payment, record keeping, etc.). Each Chair/Department Head should assign an equipment coordinator – someone with access to equipment and equipment records including requisitions, purchase orders, invoices, etc. The bi-annual Departmental Inventory Confirmation certification and any asset management forms that address the disposition of capital equipment must be signed by the Chair or Department Head prior to submission to the Controllers office.
Responsibilities of the Equipment Coordinator Reviewing the status of all capitalized equipment listed on the Departmental Inventory Confirmation which is made available to organizations bi-annually by the Controllers office. Maintaining accurate records of purchases, dispositions, and location of all capitalized assets. Tagging equipment upon receipt of both the assets inventory tag and Equipment Inventory Form and returning this completed form to the Controllers office.
Responsibilities of the Equipment Coordinator Notifying the Controllers office of any change in equipment status (physical location change, organization change, equipment coordinator change, dispositions, etc.) by submitting the proper form. Notifying University Police immediately if equipment is stolen. Notifying the University Foundation when equipment is received as a gift to the University. University Development must acknowledge the gift and notify the Controllers office. If the Controllers office determines that the item is capital equipment (when we have a true appraisal of the assets FMV), it is recorded in the asset management system (Banner).
Capital Assets/Equipment Has an original cost of $2,500 or more (per unit). Has a useful life beyond a single reporting period (generally one year). Is tangible – physical in nature and can be appraised for value. Is neither permanently attached to a building or its utility systems.
Included in the capitalized cost of the equipment: Original contract or invoice cost Shipping and handling Taxes imposed on the purchase Installation and training costs Not included in the capitalized cost of the equipment: – Warranties – Expendable/disposable items
Classes of Equipment Audio Visual equipment Computer hardware Lab equipment Food service equipment Grounds equipment Machinery Maintenance equipment Medical equipment Musical equipment Office equipment Office furniture Vehicles-passenger and non-passenger Aircraft
Purchase of Equipment Equipment purchases are made using the on-line Flashcart procurement system (SciQuest) and must follow the policies issued by the Procurement/Purchasing department. Equipment purchases should be coded to one of the following accounts: – Equipment/Furniture greater than $2,500 (capital) – Computer hardware greater than $2,500 (capital) – Equipment/Furniture less than $2,500 (expendable) – Computer hardware less than $2,500 (expendable) – Fabricated equipment (should not be used without Controller office approval) – Service Center equipment (only to be used by specific departments)
Purchase of Equipment (contd) The Controllers office will verify account codes for accuracy during this approval process based on dollar amount, item, and quantities, to ensure that the equipment is properly classified. – Please be sure to attach an itemized quote to your requisitions as this helps us with our approval process. When the invoice associated with the resulting purchase order is paid, the Banner system creates the asset and assigns a temporary identification number to the asset for tracking purposes.
Tagging of Capitalized Equipment All capitalized equipment is then assigned a KSU inventory tag number by the Controllers office. – Blue tags with 6 digit ID - majority of equipment assigned will be issued a blue tag. – Gold tags with 7 digit ID – equipment funded all or partially by a Federal grant. – No physical tag – vehicles and airplanes are assigned a unique number based on their VIN or serial #, typically the last 7 digits. After a tag is assigned it is sent via campus mail to the organizations equipment coordinator along with an Inventory Control Form.
Tagging of Capitalized Equipment (contd) The information we have is only as good as the information supplied to us by the organization! Please fill out all items on the form before returning. The inventory tag should ideally be affixed on a flat surface near an externally visible manufacturers model/serial number. If it is not possible to affix the tag to the asset, then please note Unable to tag and why, in the comments section of the form. – Keep the tag along with the items purchase records in your files for the life of the asset. This will need to be referenced during the bi- annual inventory confirmation.
Tagging of Capitalized Equipment (contd) If you are not able to affix the sticker tag to the asset due to its size, shape, or condition, an alternative is to write the tag number directly on the asset with a permanent marker. – Please only use this method if you are absolutely unable to use the sticker.
Changes in Equipment Status Types of changes in equipment status that must be reported to the Controllers office: – Equipment relocated within a department/organization – Equipment transferred to another KSU department/organization – Equipment that should be retired and removed from inventory records (surplus property): Equipment that is past its useful life and is no longer used Stolen equipment Equipment that is traded in Equipment that is lost Equipment that is destroyed Equipment that is sold Equipment that is returned to a research sponsor
Surplus property Policies and procedures concerning surplus property are the responsibility of the Purchasing/Procurement Department. The Purchasing/Procurement department website has instructions for disposing of surplus property. Only the Purchasing/Procurement department is authorized to sell or auction equipment. Fleet Services should be contacted when trading in or disposing of vehicles.
Physical Audits Physical audits occur bi-annually. Every organization must have 100% of its capital assets reviewed once every 2 years. The department head is responsible for overseeing this. Confirmation of the assets on the listing are the responsibility of the department. The Controllers office should be notified of any equipment with an original cost over $2,500 (per unit) that is not on the list so that we can research it.
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Forms – Disposition form (and instructions) – Change in Status form – Equipment Coordinator form – Agreement for Assignment of University Equipment Forms are available in both excel and.pdf formats via this link.