What’s New on FMX?
USPS ACR 60122 Implements Donor Sick Leave
USPS Application Change Request (ACR) 60122 migrated Aug. 28 to allow employees to donate accrued sick leave directly to another employee at the same agency effective Sept. 1.
House Bill 1771, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, required this change. For more information, please see ACR 60122 – USPS.
USPS ACR 60123 Adds TJJD and TMD Employees to Protect Indicator
USPS ACR 60123 migrated Aug. 28 to protect personal information for Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) and Texas Military Department (TMD) employees effective Sept. 1.
HB 1311 and HB 2152, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, exempted current and former TJJD and TMD employees from the requirement to elect whether to allow public access to certain personal information under the Public Information Act. For more information, see ACR 60123 – USPS.
Please contact your USPS representative if you have any questions.
Preliminary Fiscal 2015 Annual Report (Statewide Hiring Practices) Available Sept. 16
Preliminary copies of the fiscal 2015 Annual Report (Statewide Hiring Practices) will be sent to each state agency and institution of higher education via electronic file transfer on Sept. 16. Electronic report acknowledgment forms must be submitted by Sept. 23. Agencies and institutions have until Oct. 7 to review the preliminary report and enter or submit changes.
For more information, including detailed instructions and HRIS, SPRS and USPS contacts, see Annual Report (Statewide Hiring Practices for the Fiscal Year) (FPP F.005).
Proceeds from the Sale of Surplus Property Go to GR
All proceeds from the sale of surplus property, equipment and commodities must be deposited to general revenue (GR) in appropriation 99908.
- An agency may reappropriate 25 percent of the receipts from the sale of surplus property for expenditure during the fiscal year in which the receipts are received.
- The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) deposits 100 percent of the proceeds from sales made by TFC on behalf of an agency into GR.
For more information, see Proceeds from the Sale of Surplus Property (FPP A.032).
Fiscal 2015 Property Inventory Due Sept. 20
Per Texas Government Code, Section 403.273, the property manager of each state agency must conduct an annual physical inventory of the trust, capitalized and controlled personal property (excluding libraries and historical arts and treasures) in the agency’s possession.
State agencies must submit the Certification of Physical Inventory Conducted by Agency (73-283) form for fiscal 2015 with the signature of the agency head or designee to the Comptroller’s office by Sept. 20. For more information, see the Certification of Physical Inventory in the SPA Process User’s Guide – Chapter 2 – General Policies.
Accounting Policy Statements Have Been Updated
Several Accounting Policy Statements (APSs) have been updated through acts of the 84th Legislature, Regular Session. The APSs include changes to terminology, policies, procedures and transaction coding blocks. Some APSs have been updated to include information applicable to CAPPS.
Each APS should be carefully reviewed to ensure compliance with the most current policies and procedures.
Notify Comptroller’s Office of Personal Safety Exception to Open Records Requests
An exception to open records requests is available for employees who would be under substantial threat of physical harm if information such as work location were to be made public. See Personal Safety Exception in Confidential Employee Information for Open Records Requests Requiring Agency Input (FPP L.004).
If your agency has employees who may qualify for the personal safety exception, contact Ruth Soucy in Open Records at (512) 475-0411 or Ruth.Soucy@cpa.texas.gov.
Do Not Set Effective End Date on Certain RTIs
This is an important reminder about coding on the Recurring Transaction Profile (55) in USAS. Do not set an effective end date on certain Recurring Transaction Indexes (RTIs) used during the interagency reconciliation process for the annual financial report (AFR) until after Sept. 26.
Interagency Transaction Voucher (ITV) transactions must process successfully during the interagency reconciliation process for the AFR. An RTI (receiving) agency that sets an effective end date on the 55 profile will prevent a transaction/paying agency from processing any ITV transactions past that effective end date.
Example: A transaction entered on Sept. 2 using an RTI with an effective end date of Aug. 31 would not process, even if the effective date on the transaction is backdated to Aug. 31. To avoid problems, the RTI agency should not set an effective end date on the 55 profile until after the completion of the interagency reconciliation process.
The Comptroller’s office recommends that agencies leave the effective end dates blank on RTIs unless there is an explicit need to include a date.
For more information, please see the ITV/RTI Process section of USAS Frequently Asked Questions.
Agencies Required to Publish Purpose of Certain State Grants
State agencies and institutions of higher education that award a state grant in an amount greater than $25,000 from funds appropriated through the General Appropriations Act are required to publish the purpose for which the grant was awarded on the agency’s public website.
Will your agency or institution award new grants that fall under this requirement? If you have not already done so, email email@example.com your agency’s single link to a Web page that provides the purposes of all applicable grants. The State Grant Listing of links to the agency grant information is available on TexasTransparency.org.
Note: The Comptroller’s office does not need to be notified of new applicable grants. However, if the URL of the agency Web page changes, notify the Comptroller’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see Requirement to Publish Purpose of State Grants (FPP S.010) for more information.
84th Legislature Changed GRD Accounts for Specialty License Plates
House Bill 7, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, expanded on the provisions of HB 7, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, with important changes to General Revenue-Dedicated (GRD) license plate accounts effective Sept. 1.
For details, see Specialty License Plate Revenue: Changes to Certain General Revenue Dedicated Accounts (FPP L.005).
Reminder — Systems Will Be Unavailable During Year-End Close
The USAS annual cash-basis close for fiscal 2015 will occur on Monday, Aug. 31.
The fiscal year-end close process requires shutting down the statewide fiscal systems. For more information, please see the Master Schedule of Year-End Close Events, which includes:
- The dates and times the online systems will be unavailable
- Contacts for any issues