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NYU Fiscal Officer Corner

This page is a compilation of NYU finance related resources intended for quick reference for NYU school and business unit Fiscal Officers.

Fiscal Year 2016 News & Announcements

Prevent Declined Transactions on Payment Cards

Due to significant increase in fraudulent transactions for all payment card issuers globally, banks have implemented strict preventive controls to mitigate this fraud risk. As a result, payment card transactions may be declined more frequently due to suspicious triggers or activities.

The Global Payment Card team created a memo with information to assist in identifying triggers for declined transactions and steps to avoid them. This was sent out to Fiscal Officers on October 5, 2015.

Introducing the new FinanceLink Service Center

The new FinanceLink service center for Financial Operations & Treasury (FO&T) is now open to the NYU community.  This new integrated service center is a complement to our existing FinanceLink website for all inquiries and requests associated with finance at NYU, including but not limited to:  Accounting & Reporting, Buying & Paying (which includes Accounts Payable and Procurement content), Insurance & Enterprise Risk, Tax Guidance & Compliance, and Treasury Management.* 

Why are we providing a FinanceLink service center?

FO&T supports thousands of NYU community members and processes literally hundreds of thousands of financial transactions annually. Our community members (YOU) have told us, through the annual Quality of Service survey, and other forums, that it is difficult to know who, or where, to call when you have a question on a finance related matter. In addition, due to improved technology and process improvements, we are now able to answer many commonly asked questions through a centralized process, saving all of us time, and improving the quality and timeliness of our service as a result. 

What does the new FinanceLink service center mean for you?

• Only one phone number and email address to remember!  Existing email aliases and phone numbers will continue to work and will automatically route to FinanceLink and/or specific FO&T departments
• All inquiries and requests will continue to be tracked and logged in NYU’s ServiceLink tool. All notifications that you receive will now read “FinanceLink” instead of FO&T.

How do I reach the FinanceLink service center?

• Phone: 212-998-1111 from 9:00AM - 5:00PM
• Email:
• Online:
◦ FinanceLink  – to search information about our services, forms and latest news
◦ A new and improved ServiceLink, which will allow you to view the status and target resolution of your open requests and search our knowledge base articles

Please share this news with your teams and colleagues who regularly contact FO&T for assistance. We plan to host focus groups in the Fall to gather and share feedback on how we are doing and discuss how we can further improve our services. We are committed to continuous improvement and we welcome your feedback at any time. 

Thank you,

Stephanie Pianka

*Please note, inquiries for the following areas should continue to route to:

• Non-tax related Payroll inquiries, PeopleSync and myTime:  Contact PeopleLink
• Post-Award Administration:  Contact Sponsored Programs Administration
• Student Billing:  Contact the Office of the Bursar
• UDW+ Financial Reporting:  Contact the Decision Support Group

Don’t worry, if a community member does contact FinanceLink for one of these other service areas, the phone system will provide easy routing to these services, or the team will assign and transfer requests to other departments, as required.

August 31, 2015

Fiscal Year 2015 News & Announcements

JEMS Update

An interim version of the JEMS application (“JEMS2”) will be available beginning on Thursday, August 6th at 9:00 AM (EST). The JEMS2 Application will be used for the remainder of FY15 and thereafter until a long-term solution is reviewed and validated.

JEMS2 and the original JEMS have the same process and functionality for preparing and submitting a journal entry.

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Accounts Payable (AP) Workflow Upgrade

To ensure AP Workflow is on a stable and supported technical platform, an improved version of the application is now available.

What’s Changed?

  • The application is now accessible directly from the Work tab of NYU Home under Additional Services.
  • The approval “workflow” uses ServiceLink functionality.
  • All email notifications will now come from ServiceLink.

Changes for Approvers

Changes for Initiators

  • New Resubmit Functionality:
    • User gets an email of the Rejection
    • After making the changes in AP Workflow, a resubmit button will be available on the Preview page
  • Option to remit payment to a credit card will only be visible to those with an NYU issued corporate card. Card numbers will not be visible
  • All supporting documentation is now required to be attached electronically to the request

Updated July 13, 2015

Payroll Adjustments Now Available in PeopleSync

Payroll Adjustments (formerly retroactive cost allocations) are now available in PeopleSync.

This new functionality replaces the current retro cost allocation form and gives you the ability to submit Payroll Adjustments for review by Payroll and/or SPA directly in PeopleSync.

To learn how to submit a Payroll Adjustment, follow the instructions in the Payroll Adjustment tip sheet available in course HRS 000 in iLearn.

If you need additional support, visit the Payroll Adjustment office hours at 105 E. 17th St., Room 199: Feb. 18th from 3-5pm or Feb. 26th from 9-11am or contact PeopleLink.

February 13, 2015

Are you a PI or Dept Admin with a Subaward Project?

Use the subaward invoicing system to manage payments to your subawardees! Click here for more information. A quick reference guide and training video are also available to help you navigate the system.

Questions? Contact the SPA Team Analyst for your school.

February 10, 2015

New NYU Contract with Staples

Procurement is pleased to announce that a new contract has been negotiated with NYU’s preferred office supply vendor - Staples. The University’s top 500 Staples items in a full range of product categories have been identified and are designated “Best Value” and offer NYU the greatest discounts.

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eReq Self Approval on Orders over $2500

The following communication was sent to the eReq system community on 12/12/14

In order to strengthen financial controls, and implement purchasing practices consistent with other large institutions of higher education similar to NYU, a revised policy and process regarding the self-approval of requisitions (e-Reqs) is being implemented.

Effective December 15, 2014 any e-Reqs over the threshold of $2,500 may no longer be self-approved.

Self-approvals are defined as those e-Reqs where the individual entering the requisition and the final approver are the same person. Changes have been made within the e-Req system that will stop the approval from occurring if an e-Req that is greater than $2500 is being both entered and approved by the same individual.

E Reqs that are $2500 or less will not be subject to this new process.

For those departments that have a current approval hierarchy in place that requires those e-Reqs less than $2,500 to be approved by more than one approver this process will remain in place.

Splitting one requisition to a supplier that is over the $2500 threshold into several requisitions to enable self-approval is not permitted.

Purchasing Policies and Procedures Manual

How to Reassign a Purchase Requisition (PDF)

December 12, 2014

PeopleSync Update: Student Payment Issues

The following communication was sent to Fiscal Officers on 11/24/14

Hello Colleagues,

It has come to our attention that, due to system errors, the following issues regarding student payments have occurred:

Issue:  FICA (OASDI and Medicare) taxes have been incorrectly withheld from some students’ recent paycheck(s).

Corrective Actions:

COMPLETE: The system error was corrected so that FICA taxes will not be incorrectly withheld from the impacted students’ paychecks going forward.

IN PROGRESS: Impacted students will be refunded for the FICA taxes withheld incorrectly.
Issue: 100% of some students' pay was incorrectly charged to 51118 (Federal Work Study), when the pay should have been split between 51118 (25%) and the project (75%).

We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be reaching out to you and impacted students in the coming days with more information, including dates when the corrective actions listed above will be complete.

If you have any questions about these issues, please contact PeopleLink at or call 212-992-LINK (5465) and enter 289327.

Thank you,
NYU Payroll Department

November 24, 2014

New Payment Cards at NYU!  

The Global Banking & Cash Management Team is excited to announce that NYU is transitioning to a new payment card program with Bank of America. The implementation is part of a multi-phase effort.  

Phase 1: Replace purchasing and central travel cards
Phase 2: Replace Amex with travel cards from Bank of America.


 - Small Pilot Group rollout in early January 2015
 - University wide on a rolling basis throughout the Spring semester

What’s changing?  

 - A revised payment card policy (to be released early 2015)
 - Use of a new on-line system for reviewing, approving and reconciling transactions

What will not change?

 - Will remain a corporate liability program
 - NYU will continue to make payment for authorized, policy compliant transactions

If you have any questions regarding the new payment card program, please email us at:

We’ll share more information and training materials soon, stay tuned!

November 14, 2014

Supplier On-Boarding Resources

Enrollment of new suppliers and individuals at NYU has been centralized within the newly formed Supplier On-Boarding Team which resides in Procurement.

As part of the FO&T supplier on-boarding process announced by Stephanie Pianka in August, the forms used to enroll suppliers and individuals have been updated. The updates include hyperlinks to additional online forms needed to complete the on-boarding process at NYU.

One particular area identified in delaying the enrollment process is ensuring the inclusion of the W-9 form with an authorized signature when payment for a good or service is being made. Each form requiring a W9 to be submitted with it now contains a link directly to the IRS W-9 and the Tax Compliance Notification form (for non-US individuals and entities).

In addition to these new hyperlinks, all the supplier and individual on-boarding forms and resources are available in one place on the Fiscal Officer’s Corner page on FinanceLink. Just click on the Supplier On-Boarding Resources expandable under “Related Resources” to find all the links for forms, related instructions and resources for the supplier or individual on-boarding process.

If you have any questions in regards to supplier onboarding, you can email the Supplier On-Boarding Team in Procurement at or 212-998-1030. 

October 22, 2014

Departmental Purchases at the NYU Bookstore and Computer Store

In an effort to secure and streamline departmental purchases made at the NYU Book and Computer Stores, the paper, approved purchaser “lists” maintained by the Stores will be retired immediately.

Going forward departmental purchases made at the NYU Book and Computer Stores can be made using the following widely utilized and easy to use methods:

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Fiscal Year 2014 News & Announcements

Change to Year-End Purchase Order (PO) Process

Effective with the FY13 Year-End Close, open POs in Funds 10, 12, 14, 16, 20 and 60 will no longer be closed after Accounts Payable completes processing for the year. Instead, these POs will be brought forward to FY14 and budget-checked against the chartfield for which they were requested creating an FY14 encumbrance. This addresses two pain points with year-end processing: 1) invoices submitted against POs closed by the old process after year-end require numerous AP / School / Department interaction to correctly charge the payment; and 2) vendors using the new JPMC automated payment tool will submit electronic invoices for closed POs and will encounter processing issues, thus delaying payment.

If a school or department wishes to close a PO for Funds 10, 12, 14, 16 or 20, please follow the instructions available on the Purchasing website. The deadline for submitting any PO close requests for these funds is Friday, September 27th. Please submit any questions to

Aug 14, 2013

Related Forms

Related Training


University Data Warehouse Plus (UDW+)

Access UDW+ for Financial reporting and analytics.
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FSM Wiki

Supplier On-Boarding Resources

Go to the Supplier Information page in Buying and Paying area for Supplier Onboarding Resources



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