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Hartnell college mission statement
Hartnell College Mission Statement

Hartnell College provides the leadership and resources to ensure that all students shall have equal access to a quality education and the opportunity to pursue and achieve their goals. We are responsive to the learning needs of our community and dedicated to a diverse educational and cultural campus environment that prepares our students for productive participation in a changing world.

Administrative services training september 11 2013
Administrative Services TrainingSeptember 11, 2013

  • Agenda

Chart of accounts anatomy of a budget string


Fund 11 General Fund

Area 350 Occupational Education

Location 00 Main Campus

TOPS 095200 Construction Technology

Object 51100 Academic Teaching Full-time

Chart of Accounts – Anatomy of a budget string

Major object of expenditure
Major Object of Expenditure

Object Code 51100

Major Object of Expenditure

1000 Academic Salaries

2000 Non-Instructional Salaries

3000 Benefits

4000 Supplies and Materials

5000 Other Operating Expenses & Services

6000 Capital Outlay

7000 Other Outgo

Examples of object codes first digit of major object code in bold
Examples of Object Codes(First digit of MAJOR Object Code in bold)

51100 – Academic Teaching Full-time

52105 – Classified CSEA

53110 – STRS Teaching

54300 – Supplies

55100 – Personal Service Contract 1099 (for an individual)

55105 – Contract Services (for a business or DBA)

55200 – Travel and Conference

55210 – Mileage

56400 – Capital Equipment $200 - $4999

56405 – Capital Equipment $5000 and above

Budget revision vs budget transfer
Budget Revision vs. Budget Transfer

Budget Revision : reallocate budget between major Object Codes

Ex. Transfer $2000 from 51110 (Academic Salaries) to 56400 (Equipment)


Budget Transfer: reallocate budget from one object code to another withinthe same Major Object Code

Ex. Transfer $2000 from 55100 (Personal Service Contracts) to 55105 (Contract Services)

2 budget revision form
2. Budget Revision Form


Excel and PDF

Budget revision transfer form
Budget Revision/Transfer Form

  • Designate “Revision” or “Transfer”

  • Budget Revisions go to the Board of Trustees for post approval

  • For BUDGET only

  • Description is what shows up in datatel; 28 characters, should provide useful info

  • Explanation is required. Make it meaningful so that a Dean, VP or auditor understands the purpose of the transfer

Procurement of goods and services at hartnell college
Procurement of Goods and Services at Hartnell College

  • Purchase Requisitions

  • Purchase Orders (Mercury Commerce)

  • Check Requests

  • Travel Request/Reimbursement

  • Petty Cash

  • College Credit Card

  • Contract for Services

Purchase requisitions purchase orders are required for all

  • Tangible Goods

  • Food/Catering

  • Services (not including speakers)

    Purchase order/requisitions must be created beforeplacing orders for goods or services

Bidding procedures matrix
Bidding Procedures Matrix

  • Effective May 2013, the Board of Trustees approved the “Bidding Procedures Matrix” for Hartnell College. The matrix outlines the action needed for purchases at various dollar levels.

  • Documentation of due diligence for the required bids must be included with the purchase request, whether through Mercury Commerce or paper format.

3 bidding matrix
3. Bidding Matrix

See sample

Sole source justification
Sole Source Justification

Sole Source Justification is required in the absence of competing bids for purchases of $5000 and above. Consideration of a “sole source” vendor/contractor will be considered when the following conditions are met:

  • Only one responsible sourceto provide the goods or services

  • Urgent and compelling circumstances exist

    Complete the “Sole Source Justification” form found on Administrative Services website and submit with contract/purchase order/purchase request under consideration. You’ll be required provide information to justify “sole source.”

    Sole Source Justification must be approved by VP of Admin Services

New vendors
New Vendors

  • In order to do business with any vendor, that vendor must be set up in both the Datatel and Mercury Commerce (for purchase orders) databases.

  • Use “VENI” in datatel to determine if the vendor is in our databaseor contact Purchasing.

  • Directions and forms to submit new vendor information to Purchasing are located on the Administrative Services Website.

  • Initiate new vendor process two weeks before submitting a purchase order or check request

5 new vendor form
5. New Vendor Form

See sample

Mercury commerce
Mercury Commerce

  • A web-based procurement system, accessible from any computer at any time

  • Holds vendor information, shipping locations and budget codes to be included on the requisitions and POs

  • Checks budget balances in Datatel to be sure of adequate funding for the requisitions

  • Sends requisition, PO and receiving information to Datatel

    Contact Joanne Ritter to arrange access and training for Mercury Commerce

Purchase approval on mercury commerce
Purchase Approval on Mercury Commerce

  • Each department has a set of approval routes (standard, A/V and AIS) designed to guide the requisitions to the appropriate Approvers.

  • Current approval logic routes all purchase requests to the Dept Head (Dean) for approval.

  • Purchases at varying $$ levels may route to division VP and President’s Office, depending on $$ amount.

  • The A/V and AIS routes include additional approval from those departments.

Blanket purchase orders
Blanket Purchase Orders

  • Blanket POs are for recurrent purchases from the same vendor throughout the fiscal year.

  • Example of a BPO requirement is an on-going service contract.

  • Blanket POs are requested via a purchase requisition (not Mercury Commerce) and input into datatel by Joanne Ritter.

  • Approval logic is the same as Mercury Commerce; approval signatures must be obtained on the Requisition Form.

  • Requisition forms may be obtained from Purchasing or the Business Office.

6 e purchase requisition
6. E-Purchase Requisition

Currently Hartnell is using an NCR form, available at Purchasing or the Business Office until the “numbering” challenge of the E-Requsition is addressed.

Check requests
Check Requests

  • Dues

  • Subscriptions

  • Reimbursements

  • Conference Registrations

  • Travel (ALL - includes hotels, airfare, car rentals, etc...)

  • Speakers

  • Student Stipends

    Note: Memberships are typically an unallowable expense; contact Controller or Grants Accounting Manager before submitting a request to pay a membership.

Check requests reimbursements
Check Requests - Reimbursements

  • Reimbursements are an exception to purchasing policy and will be reviewed carefully by the Controller and the Grants Accounting Manager.

  • Under no circumstances will anyone be reimbursed for paying out of pocket for services.

  • Don’t pay out of pocket; reimbursements are not guaranteed. Use purchase orders.

7 check request
7. Check Request

See sample

Conference and travel
Conference and Travel

  • All conference and travel expenses must be pre-approved by appropriate administrators.

  • Use a “Travel Request” form to propose a travel/conference expenditure.

  • Out of state travel must be pre-approved by the President/Superintendent.

  • Prepayment of travel expenses can be charged to the Hartnell credit card upon receipt of a fully approved travel request form.

8 travel request form
8. Travel Request Form

See sample

Some fund sources (Chancellor’s Office Grants) require travel pre-approvalfrom the Chancellor’s Office.

The travel request form
The Travel Request Form

  • Prepayment of travel expenses (airfare, registration, hotel) can be charged to the Hartnell credit card upon receipt of a fully approved travel request form. Meet with Karen to review the documentation required to prepay expenses.

  • Do NOT simply submit a Travel Request Form and expect the expenses will be pre-paid. The advance request implies a reimbursement of travel expenses, unless otherwise arranged.

9 check request for travel advances
9. Check Request for Travel Advances

See sample

Attach this documentation to Travel Request along with supporting documentation and authorized signatures.

Travel and conference per diems
Travel and Conference per diems

We recommend that all Hartnell travel expenses fall within the dollar limits stated by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). These rates, often referred to as CONUS (Continental United States) rates vary by location. Some fund sources (grants) require that travel expenses not exceed those found in CONUS.

We recommend that you attach the per diem rates for the city of travel to your conference request in order for your Dean/Adminstrator verify that the expenses in each area (hotel, meals, etc.) do not exceed the CONUS per diems.


Travel reimbursement
Travel Reimbursement

  • Approved travel request is forwarded to the business office to verify there are existing funds to which to charge the travel.

  • AP department sends the traveler a “Travel Reimbursement” form.

  • Traveler must save all receipts associated with the conference/travel – college does not reimburse on a “flat rate” per diem; original receipts are required.

  • Fill out travel reimbursement form, attach original ITEMIZED (no credit card summary slips) receipts.

  • Obtain administrative signature(s) on reimbursement.

Mileage reimbursement
Mileage Reimbursement

The College will reimburse employees for the use of their personal vehicle used for College business. California law requires that each person must have automobile liability coverage on his or her personal automobiles. The school district will not provide collision, comprehensive, etc., insurance coverage to cover damage or loss to an employee’s car.

More on mileage
More on Mileage

  • Individuals who will be driving must have a valid California Driver's License and be able to offer proof of insurance coverage. Business Office keeps a record of this information for employees requesting mileage reimbursement.

  • Mileage reimbursement is meant to cover only those miles incurred above and beyond the employee’s normal commute to his/her place of business.

10 mileage reimbursement form
10. Mileage Reimbursement Form

See sample

In general, A Travel Authorization Request, is not required, unless it is deemed necessary by the program manager, e.i. grant related activities.

Petty cash
Petty Cash

  • The Cashier’s Office maintains a Petty Cash Fund.

  • The petty cash fund is to reimburse employees who need to make inexpensive emergency purchases or whose accumulated mileage claims plus emergency purchases for a given month is $50.00 or less.

  • Reimbursements may be requested on a “Petty Cash Reimbursement” form, signed by appropriate administrator.

Petty cash fund may not be used for the following
Petty Cash Fund may NOT be used for the following:

Office Supplies - Hartnell has a contract with Office Depot to purchase supplies at a discount – order office supplies through Mercury Commerce.

Food – Food purchases are typically unallowable using college funds except under certain conditions. No petty cash reimbursement of food unless it is a biology lab related supply.

More petty cash guidelines
More Petty Cash Guidelines

  • Reimbursement requests should be made no later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the expenses were incurred.

  • Petty cash reimbursements can be requested from the Cashiers Office Wednesdays between 1:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Fridaysbetween9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Hartnell college credit card
Hartnell College Credit Card

The Business Office has a college credit card for use for the following:

  • Prepaid travel and conference expenses (airfare, hotel, and registration fees that cannot be paid by check).

  • Web-based purchases where the vendor does not accept a purchase order.

Use of hartnell credit card
Use of Hartnell Credit Card

To request a purchase using the Hartnell Credit Card:

  • Submit a check request, including budget number, with appropriate administrative approval; indicate that you are requesting use of the college credit card.

  • Check request/use of credit card must be approved by the Vice President of Administrative Services.

  • Karen or Patrick will then assist you in making the purchase.

  • The credit card does not leave the business office; if you are making an on-line purchase, be prepared to log on to the website from our office – have your order ready.

Contract for services
Contract for Services

  • Services to Hartnell with a dollar amount of $500 and above per fiscal year must be contracted using a “Professional Services Agreement.”

  • The PSA template can be found on the Administrative Services web page and must be accompanied by a “Tracking Sheet” – also found on our website.

  • Plan ahead – the approval process takes time. All PSAs must be signed by the President of the college after approval by the Board of Trustees and before services commence.

Payment for contract services
Payment for Contract Services

Once the Contract for Services is fully executed, payment options are as follows:

For one-time services, submit the vendor invoice on a check request with appropriate signatures.

For on-going services, set up a blanket purchase order. Submit vendor invoices with the BPO number on the invoice, signed by a college employee who can verify that the services were received as billed.

Datatel queries
Datatel Queries

  • Hands on Datatel Training will be available through the Faculty Research Center soon.

  • Request for Datatel access form will be found on our Administrative Services webpage.

Datatel financial queries
Datatel Financial Queries

Now, a demonstration of the two most used datatel budget/expense queries.


  • GLBSR:\BUSINESS SERVICES\Training\Instructions GLBS

Expenditure transfer
Expenditure Transfer

Expenditure Transfers are initiated when an expense (not budget) needs to be transferred from one account to another, typically due to an error or to reallocate an expense due to changed circumstances.

All expenditure transfers must be supported or “backed up” by a datatel detail report showing where the expense initially posted. You may not transfer “encumbrances” only expenses.

Expenditure transfer vs budget revision budget transfer
Expenditure Transfer vs. Budget Revision/Budget Transfer

Understand the difference between a Budget Revision/Transfer and an Expenditure Transfer.

BR/BT is moving BUDGET from one budget line to another. You may not move budget between funds or between grant TOPS.

You may move expenditures between funds and grant TOPs, if appropriate.

Administrative services management team
Administrative Services Management Team

Alfred Munoz, Vice President of Administrative Services

Tracey Richardson, Controller

Dora Sanchez, Supervisor (Payroll/AP/AR/Cashiers/Mailroom)

Sharon Alheit, Grants Accounting Manager