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1 Effort Certification in the Kuali Financial System Office of Research Administration Indiana University 509 E. 3rd Street Bloomington, IN January 2014

2 Effort Certification in KFS The Highlights:  Why and How of Effort Certification  Effort Management and Certification  KFS Highlights o Project Director and Fiscal Officer Routing o Federal Effort Reports o Why and How of Effort Certification  Cost Share Subaccounts  NIH Salary Cap  Frequently Asked Questions

3 Why we Certify Effort Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21 (Section J.10) Cost principles for educational institutions Verification that the salaries charged are consistent with effort expended OMB Circular A-21 has been codified into the Code of Federal Regulations - 2 CFR Part 220 IU Policy – Effort Certification Documents Employees with regular pay Effort certification documents are issued to certify effort

4 How do we certify effort? “After the Fact” effort certification Payroll data is gathered from the Kuali Financial System (KFS) labor ledger on a periodic basis to determine 100% of each employee’s regular compensation, (i.e. Institutional Base Salary) The A21 Labor Ledger reflects the specific buckets to which labor was allocated. These entries will not reflect the General Ledger entries if salary has been reallocated.

5 The Labor Ledger Effort View

6 The Labor Ledger General Ledger View

7 Sometimes the GL and A21 Labor Ledger Match… General Ledger A21 Labor Ledger

8 Sometimes they don’t… General Ledger A21 Labor Ledger

9 Effort Report Generation Labor Ledger data is complied and distributed through the Effort Certification Documents in the KFS Effort reports are generated for only employees with effort on federal or federal pass through accounts 100% of Institutional Base Salary is reported Salary transfer generation is stopped and all enroute salary transfers are auto-disapproved prior to effort report distribution Upon final approval, an auto-generated salary transfer is completed.

10 The Effort Periods FALL Periods ReportIssue DateApproval Deadline Monthly 12-Pay (M01 – 7/1 to 12/31)February 17 th April 18 th Academic 10-Pay (A01 – 8/1 to 12/31)February 17 th April 18 th Biweekly (B01– 7/1 to 12/31)February 17 th April 18 th SPRING Periods ReportIssue DateApproval Deadline Monthly 12-Pay (M02 – 1/1 to 6/30)August 15 th October 14 th Academic 10-Pay (A02 – 1/1 to 5/31)August 15 th October 14 th Biweekly (B02 – 1/1 to 6/30)August 15 th October 14 th SUMMER Period ReportIssue Date Approval Deadline Academic Summer ( A03 – 5/1 to 8/31)October 15 th December 14 th

11 Effort Management vs. Effort Certification  Effort Management should be conducted throughout the effort period o Monthly Account Reconciliation IU Policy - FIN-ACC-I-1 - Role of Fiscal Officer, Account Manager and Account Supervisor o Communication  Effort Certification Documents are intended to certify payroll on all Federal and Fed Pass-Through sponsored projects o Document changes made when errors in effort allocations are discovered

12 Importance of Ongoing Effort Management  Financial Reports  All costs must be booked to accounts before final report is sent  Final Financial Reports will be sent even if effort reports are not approved  Account Close  Effort should not be reallocated after account expiration

13 Justifying Changes on Effort Certification Documents What should your justifications include?  What do you know now that you didn’t know when the original effort was applied?  How was the incorrect effort distribution determined?  What is being done to prevent similar occurrences in the future?

14 Effort Certification Deadline  The Policy All Reports Certified within 60 Days past issuance  The Consequence All Effort Removed from Federal and Federal Pass Through Projects

15 Effort Certification Policies  Effort Recertification Office of Research Administration Cost Exception Committee  Only on an Exception Basis  Move effort to a cost reimbursable project  Recertifications requested after account expiration

16 The KFS Effort Certification Documents

17 Effort Certification Documents and Routing Employee 1 Employee 2 Employee 3 PI 1- Federal Project30% 100% 0% PI 2 - Non-Federal Project30% 0% 50% PI 3 - Non-Federal Project40% 0% 50% 100% 100% 100% Employee Effort Report Created? Yes Yes No PI included in Routing?PI 1 PI 1 None Fiscal Officer / Delegates?Yes Yes None

18 ACTION LIST EXAMPLE

19 KFS Effort Document – Project Director View

20 KFS Effort Document – Fiscal Officer View

21 Document Routing

22 Subaccounts on Effort Reports Cost share sub-accounts are entered on a separate line to allow users to identify the departmental source accounts. Expense subaccounts are aggregated to report at the main account. Effort is managed at the account level for effort reporting.

23 Cost Share Subaccounts on Effort Reports

24 NIH Salary Cap The NIH limits the amount of salary which may be reimbursed to universities for salaries charged to DHHS projects. In recent years, the salary limitation has been tied to the federal government’s Executive Level II salary rate.

25 Frequently Asked Questions  How do I modify small dollar amounts without changing the effort percentage?  Account PI vs. Award PI  What if a Fiscal Officer or PI leave the University?  Ad Hoc Routing

26 How do I modify small dollar amounts without changing the effort percentage? When the Integer Percentage does not match the Derived Percentage, effort modifications may require an additional adjustment to salary dollars.

27 How do I modify small dollar amounts without changing the effort percentage? 1.Decrease Line 1 under Federal and Federal Pass Through Accounts to match the 2% reduction in effort. ($119.34) 2.Click “Save” 3.Increase Line 1 under Other Sponsored and Non-Sponsored Accounts to match the 2% increase in effort. ($95.91) 4.Click “Save”

28 How do I modify small dollar amounts without changing the effort percentage?

29 The Account PI and Effort Document Routing

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31 Approvers No Longer at IU  Update accounts for new responsibilities  Request an update of both Award and Account PI  If an effort report is in routing to a terminated employee, contact Tim Burris at

32 Ad Hoc Routing: Rules and Constraints  Effort documents may be routed for: o Approval o Acknowledgement o FYI  No changes are allowed  With ad hoc routing, the document routing progression stops

33 Some Points to Remember  A21 Effort Reports are only generated if effort is on federal or federal pass through accounts  Documents may only be modified from the Action List  Manage effort activity regularly (at least monthly)  Effort Recertifications are Exception Only  Cost Share subaccounts are reported on a separate line on effort reports  Expense subaccounts roll up to the main account  Salary transfers are automatically generated when documents are final approved.

34 Final Questions?

35 Resource Links  IU Policy link:  Administration/Effort_Certification_under_OMB_%20A21.shtml Administration/Effort_Certification_under_OMB_%20A21.shtml  Effort Certification on the ORA Web  A21 Effort Guidance for Document Routing and Approval nce_for_Document_Routing_and_Approval.pdf nce_for_Document_Routing_and_Approval.pdf  Role of Fiscal Officer, Account Manager and Account Supervisor administration/FIN-ACC-I-1-role-of-fiscal-officer-account-manager-and-account- supervisor.shtml administration/FIN-ACC-I-1-role-of-fiscal-officer-account-manager-and-account- supervisor.shtml

36 Questions & Additional Training Tim Burris Financial Compliance Manager Office of Research Administration Indiana University 509 E. 3rd Street Bloomington, IN Telephone (812)

37 Questions & Additional Training Rayna Amerine Financial Compliance Associate Office of Research Administration 509 E. Third St. Bloomington, IN Phone: (812)


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