June and July are packed with important deadlines related to closing your current fiscal budget. These steps will help you stay on track for a smooth end-of-year process.

Participate in a budget-closing demonstration

In June, you will receive an email invitation from VPF to participate in an online demonstration led by the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) team. The demonstration will walk you through the closing process and applicable procedures and tools. The closing schedule also will be posted in the News section the VPF website.

Review actual vs. budget reports

During period 14, VPF will send you a preliminary actual vs. budget report based on the expenditures for all general cost centers for your current fiscal year budget.

If you are closing a budget for an academic unit, the report will identify any unspent amounts in cost centers that qualify for automatic carry forward to the upcoming fiscal year. Any budget overruns will be identified as needing additional funding from your DLC to balance the cost center(s) (see below).

Identify over-expended general cost centers

Working with the Budget officer for your DLC, determine if your general cost centers in aggregate are overexpended. As needed, arrange for your Budget Officer to process a draft from a discretionary source to cover the overage. Note that NIMBUS BTR is not open to make retroactive changes during closing

Submit non-automatic carry forward requests

If you are closing a budget for an administrative unit and you have an unspent budget allocation that you want to carry forward into the next fiscal year, you must submit a carryforward request to Budget and Financial Analysis. Budget and Financial Analysis will review your request with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer (EVPT) and notify you of the final decision. Your requests typically are due immediately after Period 13 closes in July.

Carryforwards are posted to NIMBUS and subsequently to SAP after approval.

The Details

Participate in a budget-closing demonstration

In June, you will receive an email invitation from VPF to participate in an online demonstration led by the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) team. The demonstration will walk you through the closing process and applicable procedures and tools. The closing schedule also will be posted in the News section the VPF website.

Review actual vs. budget reports

During period 14, VPF will send you a preliminary actual vs. budget report based on the expenditures for all general cost centers for your current fiscal year budget.

If you are closing a budget for an academic unit, the report will identify any unspent amounts in cost centers that qualify for automatic carry forward to the upcoming fiscal year. Any budget overruns will be identified as needing additional funding from your DLC to balance the cost center(s) (see below).

Identify over-expended general cost centers

Working with the Budget officer for your DLC, determine if your general cost centers in aggregate are overexpended. As needed, arrange for your Budget Officer to process a draft from a discretionary source to cover the overage. Note that NIMBUS BTR is not open to make retroactive changes during closing

Submit non-automatic carry forward requests

If you are closing a budget for an administrative unit and you have an unspent budget allocation that you want to carry forward into the next fiscal year, you must submit a carryforward request to Budget and Financial Analysis. Budget and Financial Analysis will review your request with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer (EVPT) and notify you of the final decision. Your requests typically are due immediately after Period 13 closes in July.

Carryforwards are posted to NIMBUS and subsequently to SAP after approval.

Did You Know?

The NIMBUS Budget Transaction Request (BTR) tool lets you submit mid-year budget reallocations directly into the NIMBUS system, reducing data entry steps and providing greater clarity regarding transfers.
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