General Revenue Reimbursement for Statewide Allocated Costs
Issued: Nov. 1, 2005
Updated: Jan. 6, 2017 View Changes
All executive branch agencies. Judicial and legislative branch agencies are not subject to the SWCAP statutes.
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 the cost of these services. Developed by the Governor’s Office, the Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP) identifies these costs and allocates them to the appropriate agencies.
Information for the fiscal 2017 statewide cost allocation to each agency is taken from the FY2016 Statewide Cost Allocation Plan, Summary of Fixed Costs by Agency reported by the Governor’s Office (fiscal 2016 amounts will be posted when available).
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 the portion of 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 statewide costs is recorded on the Fiscal 2016 Statewide Cost Allocation Summary of Fixed Costs by Agency (fiscal 2016 amounts will be posted when available). Agencies are asked to indicate the basis used to allocate the agency’s statewide cost and to use that basis to distribute their statewide costs among sources of funding on the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet PDF. For details, see Instructions for Completing the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet.
The completed Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet PDF is due March 15, 2017. Though posting of the Fiscal 2016 Statewide Cost Allocation Summary of Fixed Costs by Agency has been delayed, agencies are strongly advised to start considering the basis of allocation they will use and, where necessary, preparing supporting schedules for the Statewide Cost Allocation Worksheet. For agencies not submitting the worksheet, the Comptroller’s office will distribute statewide costs based on the agency’s appropriation year (AY) 2017 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 reimbursed to GR. For agencies not submitting worksheets, the calculations are based on the AY17 method of finance.
Agencies may choose to:
- Pay the entire amount owed in one payment
- Make quarterly payments
If the quarterly option is selected, the first quarter of the amount owed should be returned to GR by March 31, 2017*. The remainder should be evenly distributed between the final three quarters. The balance of the amount owed may be paid at any time. For complete details, see Instructions for Reimbursing the General Revenue Fund.
*Please note: The first of the quarterly payments is currently due by March 31, 2017, as posting of the Fiscal 2016 Statewide Cost Allocation Summary of Fixed Costs by Agency has been delayed. If the summary has not been issued by March 15, 2017, separate guidance including new deadlines will be issued by our office.
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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