Introduction to Galaxy. Schools March 2011. Table of Contents. Background Pages 3-6 Creating or Changing a PS Item Pages 7-31 Funding Recommendations Pages 32-35 Forecast Salary Pages 36-39 Creating OTPS Items Pages 40-45 Modifying an Existing Item Pages 46-47
Galaxy is the budget tool used by schools to schedule personnel and other than personal services in order to staff schools and purchase supplies, materials and contracted services.
FAMIS is the accounting system of record for the Department of Education. Galaxy sends information to FAMIS each evening about the day’s modification activity through a daily batch process.
Click on Info
Select AC Totals
Tax Levy funding has a prefix of “TL” on the allocation category name.
AC Totals Screen
Ensure there is enough funding “Remaining” in the Allocation Category (“AC”) to provide for the cost of the budget transaction.
Once bottom-line fund control goes into effect, funding must also be available at the Grand Total level, across all of the allocations in the school.
AC Filter Rules will display any special rules that are programmed into Galaxy to help control how funds are used, based on programmatic or other limitations on the funding. As some rules cannot be programmed, most reimbursable allocations are subject to review by the CFN.
Valid Quick Codes displays the quick codes used for the funding in FAMIS.
School Allocations will display the amounts for all schools which received the same allocation category.
Available Titles will display all of the titles available in the Cost Factor for the allocation category.
Allocation History will display all of the changes to your school’s allocation amount in the allocation category selected.
Budget Book: Click on any allocation category to get further information about the funding; then click on one of the options in the “Budget Book.”
Select “New Item” from the blue menu bar.
Select the Section of the Table of Organization where the item is to be created. Note: Schools with an Academy structure will have to first select an Academy.
From the Title drop-down menu, select a teacher title.
When creating pedagogic items, a series of questions about the position must be answered. The questions vary by title and are dependent upon answers to those previously asked.
Answer the prompted questions as appropriate for the circumstances of the hire.
Galaxy will check to see if the file number or SSN exists for the person.
If the file number or SSN does not exist for the person Galaxy will ask the user to enter the bio/demo data through the Applicant Gateway.
The required fields on the PSI Window and TO will vary by the title selected, as some positions are hourly or daily or scheduled in bulk. The daily or weekly schedule for the job must be indicated and verified as appropriate for the title.
Bulk jobs for per session or per diem service are scheduled by the number of hours of service needed or the dollar amount entered.
For this example, let’s assume that this is a true vacancy, and no one has been selected for the position.Click the button next to “Is this Vacancy for a New Employee?”
The next question asks if you know the SSN of the new employee. Click the radio button next to “No” and click “Next”. Note: In this example, the effective date was changed to 2/25/2011.
You can also add a comment at this time or it can be added later from the line item on the T.O. Comments provide additional information about the item being created and are useful to principals in helping manage their budgets. In certain instances, comments are required, such as when reimbursable funds are being scheduled, to help connect the item to a particular item in your school’s CEP.
Depending on the type of school (elementary, middle, high, other) and the section for the position, different attributes may be required (Reqd) or optional (Opt) in order to complete the scheduling of the position.
Program Field: Select a program name from the drop-down list or enter a free-form one of your own choosing. If the program already exists on the list, please select the standard description.
Certain items require that a program description be selected, such as Title I mandated set asides for parent involvement and professional development, or the program descriptions for Contract for Excellence. Others are optional and can be used at the Principals discretion in order to help manage their budget.
You must fill in all of the required information before you can click on the Allocation field. Based on the criteria you’ve indicated, Galaxy will issue funding recommendations as appropriate for those parameters.
In this example, the position is for a 2nd grade reduced class-size teacher.
You must select an allocation to fund the item in order to complete the process. Click on the “Reqd” field under “Allocation”.
Based on the parameters that have been entered for the item being created, Galaxy offers allocation category funding recommendations. The recommendations are based on the allocations to the school, the allowable titles in the Cost Factor attached to the Allocation Category, and any filter rules that may exist for the respective allocation category. This helps guide users to valid funding for the item, and may prevent funding from being used for the wrong purpose. However, some funding rules cannot be coded into the system, so analysis and approval by your CFN budget liaison is required.
In this example, only TL Fair Student Funding has enough funding available to fund this position, so click on that row to select that funding and it will be populated in the Allocation field. Then click the blue savebutton.
Teacher titles are generally scheduled at the school’s average teacher salary, except for staff in competitive grants.
Most other titles are scheduled at the forecast actual salary for the person.
Some titles in specific funding are scheduled at a city-wide average for the title, for instance guidance counselors funded by the TL Mandated Counseling allocation.
Items scheduled with Reimbursable Funds include the cost of fringe benefits as prescribed by the title.
The sample on the previous page is a good example of the different kinds of salary actions that are known at the start of the year that may occur for a person, based on the specific title and circumstance of the person.
In this example for a “Teacher – Regular Grades” from FY 2011, you can see on the top part of the screen how this person’s salary is expected to change throughout the year due to collective bargaining and step changes.
On the bottom part of the screen, the funding information is displayed. Since this person is a teacher split funded by various FSF funding streams cost of the person on the TO is valued at the school’s average teacher salary.
Each school’s average teacher salary changes every year, based on the average salary of staff on the TO. It’s useful for principals to know the increases expected for their staff, so that they can best plan for the future.
For staff valued at forecast actual salary, this screen will display exactly how the person’s cost was calculated on the TO item.
The weekly work hour schedule must be indicated for each person. You can change the schedule by adding a new row of data directly in the job window, with an effective date. The cost of the item is driven by the number of hours scheduled and the person’s forecasted actual salary.
Once you select the section and title needed, the Galaxy item creation window will have different required fields based on the type of service needed. Follow the prompts to enter all of the required information.
The TO attributes needed will also vary by the section and title selected. You must fill in all Required fields and provide valid funding in order to complete scheduling the item.
We strongly recommend that you use the “Optional” fields and “Comments” to help you manage your budget. Such fields help you and staff designated by you, keep track of the intended use of funding. That is very important when considering modifications for changing circumstances in the school.
1Scheduling OTPSSelect the OTPS title from the drop-down, enter the dollar amount needed, and click SAVE.
Finalize the scheduling of OTPS by selecting the proper Organization Category that best describes the service, and select or enter a program description. Although program descriptions are optional for the most part, they are extremely helpful in managing OTPS. To finalize the item, click in the allocation field and select the proper AC. Then finalize by clicking the blue save button as usual.
The quick code is also displayed on the TO.
The Details screen is just that; a screen which displays the details about the coding of the item, such as item status, object code (needed for purchasing), and commitments broken out into:
Expenditures (paid bills), Encumbrances, and Pre-encumbrances.
To modify an existing item on the T.O. simply click on the item.
Clicking will re-open the item and you can then make the adjustments needed, similar to how you filled in the fields when you created the item initially.
Once the item has been saved on the TO, monitor the item processing status by its color.
Galaxy sends information to FAMIS each evening about the day’s modification activity through a daily batch process.
The batch generally begins at 4:00 pm daily Monday through Thursday, and at 3:00 pm on Friday.
Modifications must be RED on the TO by those times in order to be processed through to FAMIS in the overnight batch process.
This is especially important to be aware of regarding OTPS spending. If the mod is not approved by the time batch runs for the day, it must wait until the following night’s batch to be processed to FAMIS.
In order to ensure timely processing of personnel and payroll related transactions, personnel transactions can be completed immediately once the item is in RED and a job ID has been attached to the job item on the TO. You do not have to wait for the batch process to be completed in order to use the job.
Staff appear in the People Not on the TO tab of the InfoLink are either people without jobs (PWJ) or add discrepancies.
If a person is PWJ it means that a personnel transaction was initiated (“they were PTF’d”) in EIS (pay cycle B or P only) or an automatic return from leave (RFL) action was initiated.
A “discrepancy add” means that a staffing transaction was probably reversed or an error occurred and the person needs to be put back or updated on the Galaxy TO.
Appropriate action must be taken on each person.
Consult with your HR Partner or CFN budget liaison for assistance with how to proceed with such staff.
The Alloc. Changes tab on the InfoLink will display any allocation changes made to your AC Totals page within the last seven days
If you acknowledge the item after clicking on the “$” sign for more details, it will be removed from the list.
Click on the green ledger icon and the AC Transaction Ledger for that allocation category will be displayed.
The TO Fund Changes tab will display details of changes made to your TO in the last seven days. Click on Changes done by others not in my school to view the transaction ledger which displays details of the change.
Changes done by others in my School:Staff in your school, who the principal has designated to have security to make changes to the TO.
Changes done by others not in my School:CFN or central staff may have had to take action on your behalf on the TO due to a deadline or other emergency issue. You will always be notified by the person or office making the adjustment. Certain transactions, such as discrepancies between the payroll systems and Galaxy, will trigger a mod to be done automatically on your TO. For instance, when staff separate from service, a mod is done by the system to free up the remaining unused portion of the job. Check the sign-on screen for messages of transactions initiated by the central school budget office.
Managing your budget through GalaxyClick on the blue menu bar to view options to help further monitor your budget, including transaction ledgers and item histories, as well as ways to print, sort and download the TO into an excel spreadsheet.
RIGHT-CLICKFurther menu options for item-specific information can be found by right-clicking or left-clicking the icons on the left side of the TO.
Open Market (OMS)
PS Spending Plans/Budgets
PS Budget Mods
Update funding available on Galaxy TO
verified in OMS
Jobs Created or Modified in
Jobs Created or Modified in
Timekeeping entries updated
as commitments including pending; Payroll Discrepancies
Major System Interactions With Galaxy
Division of Financial Planning and Management (DFPM):
Division of Financial Operations – Payroll Memoranda:
Division of Human Resources – Salary Schedules:
Contact the CFN budget liaison or HR Partner responsible for your school.
Presentation created by the Galaxy Budget Unit
Division of School Budget Planning and Operations
Division of Financial Planning and Management