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Effective Monday, December 9, all new ProCard requests must be submitted in GMS. This change will allow for automated routing, reduced paper consumption and greater transparency in the application process. Please refer to the job aid (new window) for more details about the new GMS process, including:

  • Prerequisite training 
  • Request initiation process 
  • Request approval process

Another important change to the ProCard application process is the satisfactory completion of ProCard training prior to application submission. The Expense Management Department (formerly ProCard Office) will not process applications for employees who have not yet completed the required training. To obtain a training schedule, please contact procard@georgetown.edu (new window).

Please note that ProCard applications will be accepted through the current process (paper form and Box folder) through Friday, December 6. The existing Box repository will no longer be available after this date.

Please contact procard@georgetown.edu (new window) if you have any questions or concerns.

In an effort to improve the timely submission and approval of timesheets for hourly employees, new, automated alerts will be sent to employees, timekeepers and managers when:

  • Time has not been entered for the pay period
  • Time has been entered but not submitted for the pay period
  • Time has been submitted but not approved for the pay period

Employees, timekeepers and managers will receive any or all of the new alerts listed above on Mondays of pay weeks to include the previous 14 days. The alerts will replace the reporting and emails sent from the Payroll Services team. Automating this process should help to facilitate better compliance with time entry deadlines and therefore, more timely and accurate employee payments. 

Timekeepers and managers will receive one email per alert type to include all employees who meet the alert’s conditions.In other words, you will receive up to three emails every other Monday and will not receive individual emails for each affected employee.   

In addition to the alerts, various time tracking reports can be utilized to identify the status of time entry for employees in the organizations you support so that appropriate and prompt action can be taken. Examples of such reports include:

Employees can refer to https://financialaffairs.georgetown.edu/payroll/submitting-hours/ and/or https://gms.georgetown.edu/training/ess/ for additional information on recording time in GMS.

A new method of payment is now available in GMS for adjunct faculty. Period Activity Pay supports the payment of employees for fixed-term activities and payment arrangements, such as teaching a class for an academic term. The use of Period Activity Pay is not mandatory, but provides many benefits over the traditional base pay or allowance plan compensation model.

Payments are assigned to an academic period (semester) and evenly distributed among the number of pay periods between the payment start and end dates.While we are not deprecating the Allowance Plan compensation elements currently used to pay adjunct faculty, the advantages of the new functionality include:

  • Additional data points related to academic work (academic period, instructional vs. non instructional activity, activity type)
  • The ability to track activity dates along with payment dates
  • Unlimited Activity Pay assignments for a period per worker

Please review the Period Activity Pay job aid (new window) and training video (new window) for more details regarding this process. Please coordinate with your campus academic affairs office if you plan to use Period Activity Pay.

Thank you,
GMS Core Team

CC: HR Contact, Finance Partner, CFO, Department Administrator, Academic HR Partner, Senior Business Manager

Historically, certain financial data and reports in GMS (Workday) could not inherently be restricted by organization (cost center). Custom filters were added to reports to restrict access to this data based on cost center role assignments. These custom filters caused slower performance and confusion during prompt selection.

Workday has updated the underlying security model to allow for inherent restriction to this data without the need for custom filters. The GMS team has made enhancements to existing reports to uptake these changes. Overall these enhancements will provide consistent security and better performance.

A detailed breakdown of reporting updates is listed below:

The following reports have new prompts for company and organization.  The organization prompt allow you to search for any organization (cost center, grant, project, etc ..) Users that had previously saved filters on these reports will need to re-create those filters.

  • GU Find Requisitions
  • GU Find Purchase Orders

The following reports are only available to company-level roles and we have added a new company prompt.

  • GU Find Supplier Invoices
  • GU Find Receipts
  • GU Find Supplier Contract
  • GU Award Header Information
  • GU Award Line Information
  • GU Find Supplier Contracts – Grants
  • GU Lookup Award for Grants

The following reports are NEW reports for organization-based roles to replace reports listed above:

  • GU Find Supplier Invoices and Lines
  • GU Find Receipts For Organization
  • GU Find Supplier Contracts And Lines For Organization
  • GU Award Header Information for Award Header Roles
  • GU Award Line Information for Award Header Roles
  • GU Award Line Information for Grant Roles
  • GU Find Supplier Contracts – Grants for Grant Roles
  • GU Lookup Award for Grants for Grant Roles

The following reports are now only available to company-level roles. The data contained in these reports (supplier invoice payments) is available to organizational roles via GU Find Supplier Invoices and Lines: 

  • GU Find Supplier Payment
  • GU Find Payment

Please reach out to help@georgetown.edu if you have any questions.

During the week of September 23 UIS implemented additional legal entities, known as Companies in GMS. The intent for this project is to create a scalable platform for HR, Payroll and Finance that supports global research activities. To this point GMS has had only one company (Georgetown University) and two currencies (USD and QAR). With this change, GMS will now be able to support:

  • The ability to transact and report financial statements in relevant currencies other than USD and QAR;
  • Daily fluctuating currency exchange rates for relevant currencies;
  • New business processes to facilitate financial transactions between Georgetown University’s legal entities;
  • Differentiated business processes workflows in order to meet legal and operational requirements for conducting research in foreign countries; and
  • Restricted access to data based on role assignments to Companies.

There is expected to be minimal impact to end users who are not assigned roles in these new Companies. There is no action required, but please note that users may notice the following changes beginning on Monday, September 23:

  • Seven (7) new Companies will become visible for users with certain roles;
  • Minor differences to prompt options on reports and transactions, including Company and currency fields;
  • New company-specific HCM master data, such as job profiles, compensation grades and pay group; and
  • Costing Allocation transactions will now include a field for Company Costing.

If you have any questions regarding the impact of Company related fields in your processes please submit a support ticket to help@georgetown.edu.

Between now and October 12th, the University is asking all employees—Faculty, Staff, AAPs, and Fellows—to review, and update as needed, their employee records in GMS.  Each employee will have received an email requesting they update their personal information, emergency contact information, and career information in GMS. The email provides a link to GMS, step-by-step instructions (new window) for updating records, and helpful FAQs. 

It is critical for the University to have up-to-date employee records. Your participation helps the University fulfill its mission and commitment to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace. Furthermore, as a federal contractor, the University is required by federal law to solicit and report on the demographic information of our employee population, such as their gender and race/ethnicity. We experience compliance difficulties because employees often do not provide this information. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in reviewing your information and providing answers to all requested data fields in GMS. 

GU-Q EMPLOYEES: If there are any changes to your employee record, please contact Eunice Dickerson, GU-Q Payroll and Tax Manager, at sfsqpayroll@georgetown.edu for assistance. Do NOT update your record on your own.

Dear Colleagues, 

Workday 33 is now live in GMS!

With this update, Workday provides several enhancements in regards to the look and feel of the system, including:

  • User Interface (UI) Update to Blue Primary Buttons
  • Enhanced Recruiting Filters
  • Improved Job Profile Prompt
  • Source Requisitions to Existing Purchase Orders

The Workday 33 Employee Quick Reference Guide is available on the GMS website, under the GMS Workday Updates section. These guides contain detailed explanations of the changes you can expect to find in the new release.

If you encounter any GMS issues, please contact the Service Center by emailing help@georgetown.edu or calling (202) 687-4949.

Thank you for your attention.

GMS Team

Dear Colleagues,    

This message is to inform you of upcoming enhancements to payroll processes for expired grants. These changes prevent payroll expenses from posting to expired grants and will be deployed in conjunction with payroll for the bi-weekly pay period ending Sunday, August 11, 2019. This email will provide you an overview of the functionality and how it will impact you.

What does this functionality entail?

At the time payroll runs, if a grant worktag is on a worker’s payroll costing allocation, then the system will check if the grant worktag is expired. If the grant worktag is expired, specifically if the payroll period is outside of the grant’s related Award Line dates (period of performance), then GMS will automatically reallocate the expired payroll expenses from the grant worktag to the worker’s default worktags.

What is an example of this impact? 

The Award Line associated with a grant worktag (GR12345) has an end date of July 31, 2019. A costing allocation exists for a worker that extends through August 31, 2019, and uses the grant worktag. The costing allocation extends past the grant date, so when payroll runs for August 2019, the payroll expenses will post to the default cost center, fund (i.e. 1701), purpose, and program; they will not post to the grant.

What are the implications and what action is necessary?

If payroll expenses default to a worker’s default worktags (due to an expired grant worktag), then the following actions may need to be taken.

  • Update the costing allocation to align with the Award Line dates
  • Work with the Pre-Award office to update the expired grant and the related Award Line
  • Submit a Payroll Accounting Adjustment (PAA) to move the payroll expenses back to the grant (if applicable)

When payroll runs you should be on the lookout for an email to notify you if this has happened and if action is required by you. 

Please keep in mind for federal awards there is a 90-day period for the PAA to be submitted and approved in GMS. Failure to cost transfer the salary within the 90-day period will result in the payroll expense posting to the department’s operating budget and therefore can’t be moved to fund 1802 and billed to the sponsor. Please refer to Financial Affairs policy FA-113: Cost Transfer on Sponsored Projects for more details (link).

I am a Grant Manager, what can I do to avoid this scenario?

Review your award portfolio and confirm the following:

  • The Award Line To Date associated with your grants is not expired
  • Review the costing allocations for workers in your Award portfolio and make sure the Costing Allocation End Dates are within the Award Line To Date.

If you identify anything that needs to be cleaned up, you should coordinate with your Campus Finance and Pre-Award Office(s) to take necessary action. 

For additional questions or concerns, please contact help@georgetown.edu. Thank you for your attention. 


Sponsored Projects Financial Operations (SPFO)

GMS Core Team

CC: Grant Manager, Effort Certification Coordinator, Senior Business Manager, Cost Center Manager, Pre-Award Specialist, Post-Award Specialist, Controller, University Treasurer, Finance CFO  

Dear Colleagues,

This message is to inform you of upcoming changes to the Effort Certification Coordinator role in GMS. The changes will be deployed on Tuesday, August 6 in conjunction with the last effort certification in FY19. Specifically, the Effort Certification Coordinator role will be assignable by Grant.

Prior configuration had the role assignable by Supervisory Organization, where everyone in the same Supervisory Organization was certified by the same person. Based on feedback, this was problematic for a number of reasons, including when workers were in large job management Supervisory Organizations, when workers have multiple jobs, etc. After this change, the role can be assigned with more granularity so all effort for a Grant is certified by the same person, which will improve compliance through more accurate and timely effort certification.

Going forward, the role will be assigned during setup of new grants by the Pre-Award offices, namely the Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). For the initial implementation, the Pre-Award offices provided the mapping of individuals to be assigned the role based in part on feedback from current Grant Managers. Generally speaking, people currently in the Grant Manager role will be assigned the new Effort Certification Coordinator role. To clarify, this new role does not change other parts of the effort certification process — it simply allows greater flexibility in deciding who the appropriate person is to serve in the role of Effort Certification Coordinator.

Webinar-based training sessions will be provided over the next few weeks (registration link (new window)). You can also refer to the Effort Certification job aids (link (new window)) for more details. For additional questions or concerns, please contact help@georgetown.edu.

Thank you for your attention and efforts in keeping the University in compliance.

Sponsored Projects Financial Operations (SPFO)
GMS Core Team

CC: Finance Partner, CFO, Grant Manager, Senior Business Manager, Pre-Award Specialist, Post-Award Specialist, Effort Certification Coordinator (NEW), Controller, University Treasurer

Dear Colleagues,
Effective Sunday, July 21, 2019, Georgetown University will begin using the GMS Expense Report functionality to allocate ProCard transactions. As we approach this date, it is necessary to follow the guidelines below to ensure timely proper allocation and prevent duplication.

All ProCard transactions posted between Monday, July 1 and Saturday, July 20, 2019 must be allocated in PaymentNet or via ProCard Reallocation Journals. Cardholders and responsible administrative staff will have through Wednesday, July 31 to complete reconciliation via PaymentNet, and through Tuesday, August 6 via ProCard Reallocation Journals. 
PaymentNET allocations must include:

  1. Worktags
  2. Business Purpose

All supporting documentation must be submitted by your department’s established process.
Transactions are NOT to remain in Spend Category S0193 – Oth Op Exp – Procurement Card Expense. ProCard accounts with transactions that remain unallocated in PaymentNET for more than 45 days will be escalated for further review and action to the Campus CFO/CBO and the University CFO. 
ProCard transactions posted on or after July 21 will be uploaded into the cardholder’s GMS expense report feed and must be allocated using a GMS Expense Report. Travel reservations charged to Travel Leaders’ centrally billed ProCard will also be posted to the GMS expense report feed. The staff member making the reservation will be responsible for allocating the transactions using GMS’s Expense Report functionality.
Please refer to this link (new window) for GMS Expense Report job aids. Additional training webinars will be available throughout the month of July. You can register for a session here (new window). As a reminder to personnel  managers, you are in the approval workflow for expense reports in GMS going forward, so please familiarize yourself with the process before the July 21 go-live date. 
Due to new requirements for receipts and merchants, in-progress expense reports may need to be sent back and re-routed for approval if not approved before Sunday, July 21. To avoid returns, be sure to approve any in-progress expense reports by midnight on Saturday, July 20.
For Department/Declining Balance Cards (DBCs), additional notification will be sent to the assigned Georgetown employees instructing those persons on how to assign delegates. For questions, contact LaKecia Miller at lfm33@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-8384. 
We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
Financial Affairs
GMS Core Team

Dear Colleagues,

Based on discussions between Internal Audit and Financial Leadership, general use of the Expense Preparer role in GMS will be discontinued. It was determined the role grants excessive access to expense reports and ProCard transactions. In conjunction with the transition of Procard to GMS Expense Reporting beginning  July 21, this role will be unassigned from most employees. The immediate impact is that expense report preparation will be delegated to a designated employee(s).  

Employees are able to delegate this task (and others) using the “My Delegations” task in GMS (instructions for this can be found here (new window)). To aid with this process, a new role called ‘Delegation Initiator’ has been created, which will allow assignees to create delegations on behalf of other employees. To determine who on your campus has been assigned this role, please contact your campus’ business officer/senior business manager. 

In preparation for the transition of ProCard to GMS Expense Reporting on July 21, it is strongly encouraged that ProCard holders who require assistance in initiating expense reports delegate this task before the go-live date. Please reach out to help@georgetown.edu if you have additional questions or need assistance.

GMS Core Team

CC: Senior Business Manager, Cost Center Manager, Finance CFO’s and Expense Preparers, GMS Core

Dear Colleagues,

This message is to inform you of upcoming enhancements to the Supplier Contract process. On July 1 Tax, Risk, and Legal will be added to the approval workflow in GMS. GS&PS will be able to add the approvers to the workflow on an as needed basis.

This will transition away from using Box and emails for these steps, and enable a more efficient approval process that also gives campuses more visibility into the status of contracts. It will also simplify document storage since all executed contracts and related comments or redlining will be stored in GMS. However, please note that ad hoc approval has not been enabled for contracts requiring IT review by University Information Services (UIS) and will still follow the existing Box process

Please also be aware that the following changes will also take effect on July 1:

  • To enforce existing GS&PS requirements and reduce send backs, hard-stop validations have been added to the Purchase Order (PO) business process.
    • All POs greater than $500 and not sourced from a Requisition.
    • POs with Service Lines greater than or equal to $10k must be linked to a Supplier Contract.
  • To improve reporting and tracking of contracts, worktags (i.e. Cost Center) are now required for all Non-Master Supplier Contract Lines.
    • Campus approvers are not required to approve the Supplier Contract Line, but instead the Cost Center Buyer inputs the related approved REQ # in the Description of the Contract Line.

These enhancements will enable a more efficient overall Supplier Contract process with fewer send backs, more consistency, better reporting, and improved transparency. Overall the changes should have a minimal operational impact on the campuses since no additional campus approvals have been added to the business process. To recap, the only changes to campus processes are:

  • Include worktags on Supplier Contract Lines (no additional campus approval required)
  • Include the approved REQ # on the Supplier Contract Line Description

The End to End Procurement Guide has been updated to reflect these changes (link (new window)); refer to the Contracting (p.11) and Ordering (p.17) sections. Please reach out to help@georgetown.edu if you have any further questions or need assistance.

GMS Core Team

CC: Cost Center Buyer, Cost Center Manager, Finance CFO, Financial Reviewer, Financial Reporter, Campus Financial Reporter, Requisitioner, Senior Business Manager, Supplier Contract Specialist