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Susan Combs  •  Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs

Issued: Nov. 1, 2005
Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 View Changes

FPP A.022

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Forms

Resources

Calendar

May 30, 2014

Third Quarter Reimbursement Due

Aug. 29, 2014

Fourth Quarter Reimbursement Due

Nov. 29, 2014

First Quarter Reimbursement Due

Feb. 28, 2015

Second Quarter Reimbursement Due

Contacts

Questions concerning the statewide cost allocated to your agency should be directed to Terrie Boland in the Governor’s Office at (512) 936-0166 or tboland@gov.texas.gov. The allocation was developed by MGT of America and is taken from the FY2013 Statewide Cost Allocation Summary of Fixed Costs PDF.

Questions about the worksheet or the reimbursement process should be directed to your appropriation control officer.

Overview

Applicable to

All executive branch agencies. Judicial branch and legislative branch agencies are not subject to the SWCAP statutes.

Background

Certain state agencies provide accounting, computing, payroll and other statewide support services on a centralized basis. For federally supported programs within state agencies, the federal government shares in the cost of these services. The Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP), developed by the Governor’s Office, identifies these costs and allocates them to the appropriate agencies.

Information for the fiscal 2014 statewide cost allocation to each agency was taken from the FY2013 Statewide Cost Allocation Plan, Summary of Fixed Costs PDF reported by the Governor’s Office.

Each year agencies are asked to allocate their portion of statewide costs to the appropriate source of funds. Using the SWCAP and billing procedures prescribed by the Governor’s Office, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller’s office) bills agencies for their portion of the statewide costs allocated to them. Agencies are asked to reimburse the General Revenue Fund (GR) for the billed amounts. This process, with links to detailed instructions, is summarized below.

Distribute statewide costs among sources of funding

Each agency’s portion of the statewide costs is recorded on the Fiscal 2013 Statewide Cost Allocation Summary of Fixed Costs by Agency. Agencies are asked to indicate the basis used to allocate the agency’s statewide cost and use that basis to distribute their statewide costs among sources of funding on the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet PDF. For detailed instructions, see Instructions for Completing the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet.

The completed Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet PDF is due Oct. 15, 2013. For agencies not submitting a worksheet, the Comptroller’s office will distribute statewide costs based on the agency’s appropriation year (AY) 2014 method of finance.

Reimburse the General Revenue Fund for the amount owed

The Comptroller’s office uses the information agencies submit on their worksheets to determine the amounts GR will be reimbursed. The calculations are based on the AY14 method of finance for agencies not submitting worksheets.

Agencies may choose to make quarterly payments or pay the entire amount owed in one payment. If the quarterly option is selected, the first quarter of the amount owed should be returned to GR by Nov. 29, 2013. The remainder should be evenly distributed between the final three quarters. The balance of the amount owed may be paid at any time. See Instructions for Reimbursing the General Revenue Fund for details.

The first quarterly payment is due Nov. 29, 2013.

Legal Cites

Billing state agencies for statewide costs: Chapter 2106 of the Government Code and Article IX, Section 15.04, of the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

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Step 1 – Due Oct. 15, 2013

Instructions for Completing the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet, Fiscal 2014

Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet

The first step in the billing process will be for state agencies to distribute their portion of the statewide cost to the appropriate source of funds.

Note: Questions concerning the statewide cost allocated to your agency should be directed to Theresa Boland at the Governor’s Office, (512) 936-0166 or tboland@gov.texas.gov. This information was taken from the FY2013 Statewide Cost Allocation Plan, Summary of Fixed Costs PDF.

Return the completed worksheet by Oct. 15, 2013, to your appropriation control officer at the Comptroller’s office at the address provided at the bottom of the worksheet.

If your agency’s completed worksheet is not received by Oct. 15, 2013, the Comptroller’s office will use the method of finance for AY14 as the basis for distributing the statewide cost.

Basis for Distributing Statewide Costs on the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet

There are generally two commonly used bases for distributing statewide costs:

  • Total direct costs (method of finance) basis, or
  • Direct salaries and wages basis

If you use the total direct costs basis to complete the worksheet, use the method of finance (MOF) for appropriations made for AY14. Distribute the statewide cost in the same proportions and in the same fund source detail as identified in the MOF section of your agency’s bill pattern in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

If the distribution is made on the direct salaries and wages basis, please provide information detailing the distribution. Agencies with an approved Federal Cost Allocation Plan must use the basis in that plan to allocate costs to all non-federal sources of funds.

Note: If your agency uses a basis other than the two methods listed above that is authorized in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-87, please specify method used on the form.

The information you provide on the worksheet will be used to prepare the plan of proposed transfers to GR. The Comptroller’s office will notify agencies of the final amount that they will be required to reimburse GR along with the accounting transactions for the required reimbursement.

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Step 2 – Due by Oct. 29, 2013 (After Comptroller’s office notifies agencies of final amounts)

Instructions for Reimbursing the General Revenue Fund, Fiscal 2014

Classification of Funding for SWCAP Reimbursements

The statewide allocated cost may be charged to:

  • General revenue,
  • General revenue-dedicated accounts,
  • Federal funds or
  • Other funds.

General Revenue

No reimbursement is required for the portion of an agency’s SWCAP allocation attributable to the General Revenue Fund (GR). However, agencies funded by fees deposited to GR are required to deposit sufficient revenue to GR to pay for their agency operations, including the SWCAP allocation.

For regulatory and certain other agencies:

  • The General Appropriations Act (GAA) specifies an amount for “other direct and indirect costs appropriated elsewhere in this act.”
  • The amount of revenue deposited by these agencies must be equal to, or greater than, their direct appropriations plus the amount specified for other direct and indirect costs.
  • Statewide allocated support costs are already included in the other direct and indirect cost figure. Fulfilling the GAA provision (Article VIII-66, Sec. 2, “Appropriations Limited to Revenue Collections”) will meet the agency’s obligation to reimburse GR for statewide allocated costs.

Note: Judicial and legislative branch agencies are not subject to the SWCAP statutes.

General Revenue Dedicated Accounts

Agencies using general revenue-dedicated account(s) will need to transfer the amount necessary from the dedicated account(s) to GR to cover the allocated portion of statewide support costs. If an agency’s deposits to the dedicated account(s) exceed its appropriations from these accounts, then the agency may use the excess deposits to fund the allocated portion of statewide costs.

Federal Funds

The reimbursement procedure imposes no new requirements for agencies receiving federal funds. The previous law already required state agencies to recover statewide allocated support costs to the extent allowable under their federal program guidelines. The amounts recovered are treated as earned federal funds (EFF). The 80th Legislature changed the way EFF are appropriated. EFF are no longer appropriated directly to agencies. Instead, general revenue is appropriated in lieu of EFF. Please see Earned Federal Funds and Indirect Cost Reimbursements to the General Revenue Fund (APS 023).

Other Funds

For agencies that have allocated their SWCAP to one or more special funds, it will be necessary to transfer the appropriate amount from the special fund(s) to GR to cover the allocated portion of statewide support costs. If an agency’s deposits to special fund(s) exceed(s) its appropriations from Other Funds, the agency may use the excess deposits to fund the allocated portion of statewide costs. Reimbursement rates for interagency contracts should be established to recover the appropriate proportion of statewide allocated costs. Revenues established by statute on a fee or service-provided basis also should be increased to recover the appropriate proportion of statewide allocated costs.

Nonrecoverable Statewide Allocated Costs

GR must be reimbursed for any amounts billed to your agency that are allocated to General Revenue-Dedicated, Federal and Other funds, including amounts not recoverable through one of the aforementioned methods. Your agency may pay the balance of non-recoverable SWCAP from any appropriation or funding source available to the agency, including the agency’s GR appropriations.

Completing the General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs form and the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation form

The General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs PDF form must be completed by all agencies listed on Fiscal 2014 Agency Statewide Cost Allocation Plan by Method of Finance. To complete this form, agencies with federal funds must first complete the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation PDF form. Completed form(s) are due Oct. 29, 2013.

These forms must be completed to identify:

  • SWCAP that will be recovered and returned to the GR,
  • Amounts that may be reappropriated and
  • Amounts that cannot be recovered but must be paid from other available sources.

Follow these steps to complete the General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs form and the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation form (if needed) and submit the appropriate forms to the Comptroller’s office.

Step Action
1 If your agency has federal funds, you must complete the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation form to complete the General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs form.
  • If your agency needs to complete the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation form, go to step 2, or
  • If your agency does not have federal funds, go directly to step 4.
2 Follow the instructions on the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation form to complete the form. Be sure to identify the specific citation for the earned federal funds appropriation amount you have entered on line 4 of the form.
3 If your agency’s federal program does not provide for the recovery of indirect costs, submit supporting documentation from the federal oversight agency to the Comptroller’s office with the Federal Fund Reimbursement Calculation form.
4 Follow the instructions on the General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs form to complete the form.
5 Return completed form(s) to the address below or fax to (512) 936-5972. Completed form(s) are due Oct. 29, 2013.
Interagency Mail

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Fiscal Management Division
Attention: ACO Manager
LBJ Building
111 East 17th Street, Room 901

Regular Mail

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Fiscal Management Division
Attention: ACO Manager
P.O. Box 13528 LBJ Building
Austin, Texas 78711-3528

Reimbursement Procedure

  1. The Appropriation Control section of the Fiscal Management Division of the Comptroller’s office will establish Appropriation Number 92071 as the SWCAP Reimbursement Account.
  2. Agencies making reimbursement must establish a program cost account (PCA) that infers Appropriation Number 92071, Program Code 3993, and the appropriated fund from which payment will be made.
  3. Agencies must establish a budget for the SWCAP Reimbursement Account. The budget will be established as “collected” if cash will be transferred to fund the reimbursing payment. The budget will be established as “committed” if no cash transfer is required for the payment.
    Agy No T-code Appn No COBJ PCA Fund
    XXX 006 92071 7000 XXXXX XXXX
    XXX 009 92071 3000 XXXXX XXXX
    Enter budget transaction as Batch Type 1, Document Type A. Use T-code 006 to establish “committed” budget. Use T-codes 006 and 009 to establish “collected” budget.
  4. If a “collected” budget is established, transfer cash to the SWCAP Reimbursement Account.
    Agy No T-code Appn No COBJ PCA Fund
    XXX 406 XXXXX 3970 XXXXX XXXX
    XXX 405 92071 3970 XXXXX XXXX
    Enter cash transfer as Batch Type 5, Document Type J.
  5. For recovered SWCAP, process payment via recurring transaction index (RTI) for reimbursement to General Revenue.
    Agy No T-code Appn No COBJ PCA Fund AY RTI
    XXX 225 92071 7953 XXXXX XXXX 14 003953
    Enter payment transaction as Batch Type 4, Document Type T. Use Comptroller Vendor ID Number 39029029020 000.
  6. For nonrecovered SWCAP, process payment from any available appropriation.
    Agy No T-code Appn No COBJ PCA Fund AY RTI
    XXX 225 XXXXX 7953 XXXXX XXXX 14 003953
    Enter payment transaction as Batch Type 4, Document Type T. Use Comptroller Vendor ID Number 39029029020 000.

Frequency of Payment

The SWCAP amounts identified in the FY2014 Agency Statewide Cost Allocation Plan by Method of Finance are amounts owed for fiscal 2014. Quarterly, one-fourth of the amount shown should be returned to GR. Quarterly payments should be entered into the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS) with a transaction date of:

  • Nov. 29 for the first quarter
  • Feb. 28 for the second quarter
  • May 30 for the third quarter, and
  • Aug. 29 for the final quarter.

For More Information

If you have questions on the reimbursement procedure, please contact your appropriation control officer.

Changes to this Document
10/24/2013 Updated Agency Statewide Cost Allocation Plan by Method of Finance for 2014
09/30/2013 Dates and schedules were updated
10/08/2012 Two schedules were revised: FY2012 Statewide Cost Allocation Plan, Summary of Fixed Costs and Fiscal 2012 Statewide Cost Allocation Summary of Fixed Costs by Agency
10/02/2012 Dates were revised and forms were updated
02/01/2012 Replaced fiscal 2011 schedules with fiscal 2012 schedules
01/25/2012 Fiscal 2012 reporting for the first and second quarters has been combined with Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheets due Feb. 10

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Susan Combs
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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