5 Travel Policy Purpose and intent Who makes the rules? Compliance Conservation of funds Authorization and notice
6 Travel Policy U. T. System Travel Policy is intended to: Provide for the reasonable needs of travelers Control travel expenditures Maximize negotiated rates with preferred vendors Facilitate reporting and compliance
7 Who Makes The Rules? Travel rules come from a variety of sources State of Texas Travel Regulations Act State of Texas Travel Allowance Guide State Comptroller of Public Accounts Internal Revenue Code Regents’ Rules & Regulations
8 Policy and Compliance Travelers and authorized signers must be in compliance with the Travel Policy Lack of knowledge does not excuse or justify the employee’s failure to comply with applicable laws or rules A department may adopt stricter guidelines than those stated in the Travel Policy Travelers must be notified in writing before stricter guidelines are implemented
9 Conservation of Funds Travel must be planned and conducted to achieve maximum economy and efficiency within the guidelines of the Travel Policy Travel expenses must be reasonable, appropriately documented and properly authorized
10 Authorization and Notice Each trip requires advance approval from: a supervisor, and/or Executive Vice Chancellor, or Vice Chancellor A travel approval form is required for out-of-state and foreign travel A travel approval form may be required for in- state travel based on departmental rules
11 Authorization and Notice The Office of State and Federal Relations and U.T. System Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations must be notified in advance of travel to Washington, D.C.Office of State and Federal Relations
12 Electronic Travel Overview Reimbursement Process Jenny Murphy
13 Reimbursement Agenda Relationships: System Departments U.T. Austin Travel Services, and APS VE5, VE6, and VP5 Documents Travel Reimbursement Checklist “walk through” Travel Reimbursement Checklist Limits and how to handle “excess” In-house Experts & Resources “Must knows” about electronic travel Authorized Approver’s Review
14 Relationship ** Supporting documentation includes *DEFINE cover pages, the original, signed travel approval form, when applicable, and original receipts for everything except actual meals equal to or less than per diem, parking meters, and public transportation within a city. Travel Services available for policy ?s Department (i.e., Health Affairs) Creates & Approves Electronic Travel Voucher APS available for reimbursement ?s **Supporting doc. for the electronic voucher is sent to: U.T. Austin Marcia Boling, Office of Accounting Campus Mail Code K5300 U.T. Austin reviews and returns the voucher if corrections are needed or approves and pays the recipient.
15 Documents VE5 – Approval Completed before the reimbursement (VP5) is created. Purpose: approves the employee being away from the office and the use of departmental funds. VE6 – Correction If a correction is needed, the VE6 is created after the VE5 and before the VP5. VP5 - Reimbursement Created to reimburse an employee for travel. VE5VE5VE6VE6VP5VP5
16 Travel Reimbursement Checklist Use the Travel Reimbursement ChecklistTravel Reimbursement Checklist to assist in creating your Electronic Travel Voucher.
17 Excess Travel Costs – State Funds In-state When State Funds are used for travel, excess to state limits can be reimbursed through creation of a second VP5 using official occasions or institutional money. Note: The VE5 will include both sources of funds. State Funds: $85/night – Hotel Actual cost up to $36/day - Meals Official Occasions or Institutional Funds: Tips Hotel Overage Meal Overage (receipts are required) 1 st VP5 Approved
18 Excess Travel Costs – State Funds Out-of-State When State Funds are used for travel, excess to state limits can be reimbursed through creation of a second VP5 using official occasions or institutional money. Note: The VE5 will include both sources of funds. State Funds: Actual costs for hotel and meals are limited to the Comptroller of Public Accounts locality-based rates. Official Occasions or Institutional Funds: Tips Hotel Overage Meal Overage (receipts are required) 1 st VP5 Approved
19 Excess Travel Costs – Institutional Funds: In-State When Institutional Funds are used for travel, excess to limits can be reimbursed through the original VP5 document. Inst./Official Occasions Funds: Maximum $220/ per day Combination of Hotel & *Actual Meal Costs * Detailed Receipts are required when Actual Meal Costs >$41/day.
20 Excess Travel Costs – Institutional Funds: Out-of-State When Institutional Funds are used for travel, excess to limits can be reimbursed through the original VP5 document. Inst./Official Occasions Funds: Combination of Hotel & *Actual Meal Costs * Actual Costs for Hotel and Meals are limited to the locality-based rates published by the Comptroller of Public Accounts.
21 Resources & Experts Among Us Questions about electronic travel procedures? Call Becky Mendez APS x4570 Departmental Experts Janet Carpenter, OFPCIrma Zavaleta, OTT&R Teresa Garza, OFPCChandra Renteria, RTT Chrissy Haas, AuditJana Pankratz, OA
22 “Must Knows” What you cannot do… One person cannot create and approve a VE5, VE6, or VP5. No one can approve their own travel voucher, not even a department head. Alcohol & “No show” charges are non-reimbursable travel expenses, regardless of fund source. If actual meal expenditures are equal to or less than limits in the Travel Policy, do not attach itemized receipts to the VP5. This does not prevent an approver from requiring a traveler to provide him/her receipts prior to approving a voucher for payment.
23 “Must Knows” What you can do… Accepted practice: a department can adopt internal procedures for a person with signature authority to manually sign approval on the travel voucher, and the person whom he/she has delegated *DEFINE signature authority can then release/approve the document in *DEFINE. Example: Javier Garcia’s, ORM, travel voucher is reviewed and manually approved with a signature by Phil Dendy. Brenda Chambers releases/approves the document in *DEFINE based on Phil’s signature approval on the paper document.
24 “Must Knows” Miscellaneous VE5, VE6, and VP5s are created and approved in component “0” Reimbursement requests must be timely. Receipts older than 60 days from the day the expense was incurred or paid could either be denied or added to the traveler’s W-2 and taxed as income, according to IRS Rules (Publication 463). A justification statement must be included to explain why the request is untimely. Allowable mileage can be claimed at 48.5 cents per mile.
25 Authorized Approver’s Review Review should include verification that: Expenses were incurred while conducting business Expenses comply with restrictions on the use of funds Expenses are charged to proper account Business purpose and travel dates are documented Documentation is attached and matches request For out-of-state travel, the traveler and approver have signed and attached the request form.
26 Electronic Travel Overview *DEFINE How do I make it work? Becky Franklin
27 Getting Started – A Quick Hands-on Demonstration Access to *DEFINE VE5, VP5 and other unfamiliar language Creating documents (VE5, VP5) Printing documents
29 Helpful Resources Travel Services web site Accounting and Purchasing Services web site State Travel Allowance Guide Travel Policy Overnight travel in Texas Overnight travel outside of Texas
30 Electronic Travel Overview What’s Next? Packet of information One-on-one training for departmental contacts with Becky Mendez System-wide training complete by 9/1/05 Ongoing support via Accounting and Purchasing Services
31 Questions? Thank you for taking time to attend training! Have a good day!