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Why is it necessary to certify effort and the effort of those working on sponsored and non-sponsored activities?

Time and Effort Certification is a federal requirement: Uniform Guidance - 2 CFR.200.430 Compensation - personal services. In performing these required certifications the following is accomplished:

  1. ensuring that committed effort on sponsored activities is documented, whether the financial support for the effort is provided by the sponsor or other university funding sources,
  2. verifying that payroll costs charged to specific sponsored activities is commensurate with the certified effort expended toward those activities,
  3. documenting effort toward various clinical activities, and
  4. accounting for 100% of university effort.

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What is the approved University method for the certification of effort?

The After-the-Fact method used to confirm the distribution of salaries and wages based upon a percentage distribution to various activities, supported by the generation of periodic activity reports. These reports should reasonably reflect the employee's activities associated with each sponsored agreement as well as to each category of other University activities. 

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What is "University Effort"?

The sum of all activities that comprise professional/professorial workload at UVa, including the Medical Center and UVa at Wise, for which the employee is compensated (through UVa and/or the University Physicians Group (UPG). This includes research, instruction, public service/other sponsored activities, administration and clinical activities. For the purpose of effort certification, 'university effort' totals 100%, regardless of the number of hours worked. For additional information on certain activities that are included and excluded from 'university effort,' reference Appendix A of Policy FIN-027, Time and Effort Certification at http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/FIN-027)

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What is "Committed Effort"?

That part of University effort that is quantified and included in a sponsored program proposal, later awarded, as effort/time to be devoted to the aims of that proposal (e.g., two summer months, 12% time, one half of a year, three person-months, etc.)..

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How is "Committed Effort" supported?

Associated funding to support effort commitments can be in the form of:

  • Direct payment from the sponsored project, and/or
  • Payment from other non-federal sources, normally University sources (generally known as "cost share").  

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Who receives a periodic effort report?

  • Faculty who work on sponsored projects- for which the sponsor reimburses effort through direct payments from the specific sponsored activity.
  • Faculty who work on sponsored projects- but whose committed effort on the project is funded by a source other than the sponsoring agency as "cost share."
  • Clinical faculty
  • Faculty responsible for Graduate Students or other employees working on their sponsored projects.
  • Faculty assigned as the Principal Investigator on active projects during a specific effort reporting cycle, regardless of the presence of direct salary support or a cost sharing commitment against those projects.

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Who is authorized to certify an effort report?

  1. The employee/Principal Investigator for whom the effort report was created.
  2. A responsible person having firsthand knowledge of the work performed (for example, a co-investigator, division or department head). See definition of "responsible person" and "firsthand knowledge" below.
  3. A responsible person using a suitable means of verification that the work was performed. See definition of "responsible person" and "suitable means of verification" below.

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What is the time frame for certifying an effort report?

Electronic Generation: Forty-five (45) days are allowed for final effort certification by an authorized certifier. This time frame begins from the date of distribution and is inclusive of days the report is in the hands of the Effort Reporting Coordinators (ERC) during their 'Pre-Review' phase.

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How does the certification statement read?

"I certify that, having firsthand knowledge or having used a suitable means of verification, the work was performed toward the above activities and that the certified effort percentages REFLECT A REASONABLE distribution of effort for this period".

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What happens if I do not certify my effort reports?

Non-compliance with this policy and related procedures may result in financial loss to the Institution. Those with roles and responsibilities in the process are responsible in any instances of non-compliance.

The Office of Sponsored Programs will take corrective action toward ensuring that the Time and Effort Certification policy and the related procedures are followed. In the event that an effort report is not certified, corrective actions may include but are not limited to:

  • withholding submission of proposals, other project applications or other documents such as material transfer agreements,
  • training of Principal Investigators/Faculty and staff in the certification process,
  • placing active projects/awards 'on hold', and/or,
  • moving uncertified payroll distributions to non-sponsored accounts.

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How often do effort certifications occur?

School of Medicine (SOM) Faculty Semi-Annually January 1 - June 30
July 1 - December 31
Non-School of Medicine Faculty
Graduate Research Assistants
Academic Calendar January 1 - May 31
June 1 - August 31
September 1 - December 31
Classified and University Staff
Wage Employees
Quarterly (timed to correspond with bi-weekly payroll calendar dates) Roughly
January 1 - March 31
April 1 - June 30
July 1 - September 30
October 1 - December 31

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What is Institutional Base Salary (IBS)?

The annual compensation rate, as determined by the University, for an employee's appointment ('University effort') devoted toward University-related activities as defined above. Institutional base salary includes both compensation for University-related activities, and compensation from the University Physicians Group (UPG) for clinical activities. However, some specific types of compensation are not included for the purposes of effort reporting. These types include bonuses, reward/recognition compensation, etc.

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How is "Committed Effort" defined?

That part of University effort that is quantified and included in a sponsored program proposal, later awarded, as effort/time to be devoted to the aims of that proposal (e.g., two summer months, 12% time, one half of a year, three person-months, etc.)..

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What is "Cost Shared Effort"?

Any portion of "committed effort" toward a sponsored activity for which a sponsor does not pay salary/benefits, but rather UVA pays the salary/benefits from other sources. Committed cost shared effort expended, being part of one's University effort, must be documented on the effort report.

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How are "Principal Investigators/Project Directors and Key Personnel" defined for the purpose of Time and Effort Certification?

Principal Investigators/Project Directors and 'key personnel' are individuals whose effort is absolutely essential to the success of the proposed activity, either because of their critical leadership position within the proposal (and consequently their intellectual guidance) or because of the uniqueness of the expertise they are contributing relative to the proposed scope of activity. 'Key personnel' may also include research scientists, principal scientists and senior scientists depending on their intellectual contribution to the proposed scope of activity. Typically, replacement of any of these individuals requires approval from the sponsor. Importantly, the status of Principal Investigator/Project Director and 'key personnel' does not necessary imply that they receive salary support from the external sponsor.

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How are "Other Contributing Personnel" defined for the purposes of Time and Effort Certification?

Other individuals are often included in proposals (e.g., graduate students, postdocs, trainees, technical staff, other researchers, etc.) whose service is necessary to complete the proposed scope of activity, but whose intellectual involvement is not uniquely germane to the success of the sponsored activity.

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How is "responsible person" defined for purposes of effort certification?

Normally this is the employee for whom the University effort report has been generated. In the event that the employee/Principal Investigator is unable to certify the effort report, a surrogate using a suitable means of verification of the work performed may certify the report.

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What Constitutes "firsthand knowledge"?

Direct evidence of work performed. One may have this knowledge of work performed by either performing the work or through supervising the individual performing the work.

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What is a "suitable means of verification"?

The process through which one receives assurance that work was performed so as to provide a certification of effort on the periodic effort reports. This process must take into consideration other university records and provide for the documented review of such records in support of work performed. Some examples of these records might include: calendars, teaching schedules, logbooks, or sponsor budgets. Other means of verification may also suffice, including e-mails attesting to effort devoted based upon firsthand knowledge. Oral verification from the employee/Principal Investigator or others fulfilling the role of a responsible person to an administrator will not suffice as a suitable means of verification.

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Is University Effort based on a standard 40 hour work week?

No. For the purpose of effort certification, university effort totals 100%, regardless of the number of hours worked.

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What is the institution's position on 100% support of effort from federally sponsored activities?

In addition to sponsored program activity, full time faculty, as part of their 'University effort,' generally have responsibilities for other University activities such as non-sponsored research, instruction, administration, advising students, service or clinical activity that would generally preclude their devoting 100% effort solely to federally sponsored activities. Proposal preparation for future funding (competitive, new, renewal sponsored funds) would also preclude full time faculty from committing 100% effort to federally sponsored activities. Salary support for these other University activities must come from non-federal UVA sources, except when the sponsored project is specifically awarded for those purposes. It may be appropriate for certain research faculty to be supported at 100% solely from federally sponsored activities in cases where other such responsibilities do not exist.

Incidental work and de minimis activities, over and above or separate from those duties assigned to a faculty member, need not be included as part of one's 100% 'University effort' (e.g., on occasion teaching a continuing education course; occasional attendance at faculty meetings; rare, non-routine time spent in advising students).

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Is there a minimum effort requirement on my federally sponsored projects?

Yes - in most cases. Based upon federal guidance, some level of committed effort for all Principal Investigators/Project Directors and 'key personnel' is required on most Federal and Federal flow-through sponsored research activities, unless specifically exempted by the sponsor. The commitments must be fulfilled at any time within each year (academic year, summer months, or both).

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What is the minimum level of effort expected?

The minimum amount of committed effort to each sponsored activity is to be no less than 1% of the employee's University effort. However, beyond this minimum, the specific amount of effort committed to a particular sponsored activity is left to the judgment of the responsible Principal Investigator/Program Director based on their expectations and estimates of effort necessary to meet the technical goals and outcomes of the project. For additional detail on this topic, reference Appendix A of Policy FIN-028Minimum Effort on Federally Funded Sponsored Research Activities at http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/FIN-028.

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What are the roles of School/Department Effort Reporting Coordinators (ERC) and Alternates?

These individuals act in support and administrative roles in regards to the time and effort certification practices of the institution. Their responsibilities include: understanding the principles and practices surrounding time and effort certification, establishing effective processes in their areas to assist with these practices; reviewing effort reports for completeness and accuracy based upon knowledge of budgets, commitments of effort and payroll scheduling; assisting and guiding Certifiers/Faculty in the process and coordinating necessary adjustments in payroll in support of the periodic effort certifications.  

System functionality for persons named in these roles includes:

  • Adding a new line (Award/Project) in the report details in Section I
  • Adding a Service Code in Section III (Clinical Faculty)
  • Sending the report to the Certifier
  • Sending the report to the Designee
  • Reassigning reports to another Effort Reporting Coordinator or alternate(s)
  • Reassigning the Certifier for an effort report

These persons normally cannot certify effort reports as they do not meet the criteria of having firsthand knowledge of work performed toward specific activities. In certain circumstances, these persons may be the responsible supervisor for an employee being supported from sponsored activities. In these circumstances and in the absence of the named Certifier/PI on the effort report, certifications by these persons may be acceptable.  

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What are the roles of the Certifiers/Principal Investigators (PI)?

These individuals are responsible for performing required reviews and certifications of the periodic time and effort reports based upon their firsthand knowledge or by having used a suitable means of verification of work performed toward specific activities. In addition to their primary responsibility of accurate and timely certification, these persons should also:

  • Understand the principles, policy and procedures related to accurate and timely certification of effort reports
  • Ensure that all committed effort obligations are accurately reflected on their effort reports
  • Ensure that his/her own effort and that of other individuals working on sponsored activities under their direction is certified accurately and in a timely manner
  • Comply with Sponsor requirements regarding any significant reductions (normally >25%) in effort commitments on funded sponsored activities
  • React to and correct any inaccuracies or omissions on the distributed effort reports to accurately reflect effort commitments toward sponsored activities
  • Identify and communicate to the School/Department Effort Reporting Coordinator situations where the certified effort percentage on any sponsored activity is less than the corresponding payroll percentage
  • Respond to any questions posed by reviewers regarding the certification of their effort and of those working for them on sponsored activities

System functionality for persons named in this role includes:

  • Adding a new line (Award/Project) in the report details in Section I
  • Adding a Service Code in Section III (Clinical Faculty)
  • Requesting assistance from the Effort Reporting Coordinator
  • Saving the certification values/report without officially certifying
  • Certifying the effort report

The Same functionality exists for the Designee role (See below).

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What is the role of the Designee?

These individuals provide critical oversight roles related to time and effort institutional practices for their specific organizations. In addition to this general oversight and an understanding of the principles, policy and procedures, Designees are responsible for taking corrective action when notified of outstanding effort reports.

Corrective action and requests for assistance in instances of outstanding effort reports do not necessarily require the Designee to actually certify the report(s) in question, but instead facilitate the certification of the outstanding report. If in their role, a Designee can comfortably certify the outstanding report(s) given firsthand knowledge of the work performed or having used a suitable means to obtain this knowledge, these individuals do have the authority to perform certifications on behalf of the named employee

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What are the effort report statuses in the electronic system?

 

STATUS RANGE OF DAYS IN STATUS AVAILABLE TO WHICH ROLES SYSTEM FUNCTIONALITY
PRE-DISTRIBUTED   System Administrator (SA) NONE: Involves quality assurance review for template and data integrity. Reasonableness and completeness checks.
PRE-REVIEW 1 -15 All Effort Reporting Coordinators (ERC) and SA
  • Add award/project Section I
  • Add service code Section III
  • Send to Certifier or Designee
  • Reassign Certifier or Effort Reporting Coordinator roles
  • View prior report
  • Printable version
UNCERTIFIED 1-45 (30 day window with extra time if sent from Pre-Review before day 15) All Roles (ERCs/Certifier/PI/Designee and SA)
  • Add award/project Section I
  • Add service code Section III
  • Save values
  • Request assistance form Effort Reporting Coordinators
  • Certify effort report (only available to Certifier/PI or Designee role)
  • View prior report
  • Printable version
POST-CERTIFICATION   All Roles
  • Read-only version
  • Move to Archive status
  • View prior report
  • Printable version
UNDER SA REVIEW   All Roles
  • Read-only version
  • Move to Archive status
  • Printable version
DELINQUENT   All Roles
  • Add award/project Section I
  • Add service code Section III
  • Save values
  • Request assistance form Effort Reporting Coordinators
  • Certify effort report (only available to Certifier/PI or Designee role)
  • View prior report
  • Printable version
ARCHIVED   All Roles
  • Read-only version
  • Printable version

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Does 'saving' my effort report change the status from Uncertified?

No. While it is recommended to save values prior to final certification, the effort report remains in an ‘Uncertified’ status. The report does not move to either an ‘Archived’ or a ‘Post-Certification’ status until the Certify Effort Report button is selected and all of the certification steps are completed successfully.

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What activities are included in Section I - Sponsored Activities?

Externally funded programs under which the University is obligated to perform a defined scope of work according to specific terms and conditions and within budgetary limitations. These programs are to be budgeted and accounted for separately from other activities. Sponsored activities include grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, clinical trial agreements, Intergovernmental Personnel Agreements and other awarding instruments supporting research, instruction, public service, and clinical trials. These activities are established as 'G or Z' awards in the University's Integrated Financial System.

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What activities are included in Section II - Other University Activities?

This section captures funding sources/activities for University effort devoted to activities that are not funded from sponsored projects. Whereas the sponsored effort section requires certification for each sponsored project, effort in Section II is reported in the aggregate.

Instruction: Preparation, evaluation and delivery of teaching and training activities of the Institution, regardless of whether offered on a credit or non-credit basis. Also includes instruction-related activities such as thesis advice, general mentoring of students (except as directly related to an externally funded activity supporting student mentoring/training in Section I above).

Administration: Services that benefit common or joint Institution or Department activities. Includes Faculty with administrative appointments (e.g., Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors).

Non-Sponsored Research: Internally (Institutional/Departmental) funded research regardless of whether the activity is separately budgeted and accounted for. Such activities support research, development and other scholarly duties that are not funded from external sources.

Proposal Preparation on New and Competitive Renewal Programs: Considered part of general administrative activities, except for sponsored projects specifically awarded for these purposes (e.g., NIH Career Awards).

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What activities are included in Section III for Clinical Faculty - Clinical Care and Medical Center Related Activities?

In this section, clinical faculty document their effort, in the aggregate, related to each the following:

A. Direct Patient Care:

Patient specific activities on behalf of the University of Virginia Health System, including time spent training/supervising Resident/Fellows/Trainees. Examples include:

  • Outpatient clinic sessions
  • Procedures
  • Consults, telephone consults, review of test/diagnostic procedure reports, interpretive reading sessions
  • Patient related correspondence, documenting, reviewing and/or signing of documentation, care coordination
  • Supervision of care providers
  • Time spent "in room" or "on deck," and active response while on call
  • Medical exams and consults
  • Team conferences
  • Case reviews
  • Interpretive reading sessions, and review of reports

B. Instruction and Training for Residents/Fellows/Trainees:

Instruction and training for non-treatment related patient care and other activities such as:

  • Case Reviews
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Review
  • QC Review, Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Practice of Medicine
  • Telemedicine demonstrations, saw bone demonstrations, cadaveric and other skill labs

C. Administration of Residency/Fellowship Programs:

Oversight and direction of Residency and Fellowship Programs

D. Administration and Management of activities that relate to delivery of patient care within the UVA Health System:

Administrative and managerial activities, including planning and preparation, conducted within or on behalf of the Medical Center. Examples include:

  • Medical Directorships of units, clinics, services and labs
  • Active response while on administrative call
  • Clinical Chair activities
  • Committees and work groups addressing:
    • Clinical Care
    • Quality
    • Information and Technology
    • Credentialing
    • GME
    • Marketing and/or research development
    • Buchanan Funds

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What is the Time Allotment for Medicare Cost Reporting data used for?

This is a detailed breakdown of the total amount of effort certified in Section III. For Medical Center Related Clinical Administration and Management, a list of Service Codes (from the Medical Center) is provided for certification of applicable committees and directorships.

In addition, clinical faculty are to record the average number of hours per week toward University activities. This information is used by the Medical Center for the annual Medicare Cost Report.

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What does “At-Risk” mean?

The term “At-Risk”, in this context, refers to the financial risk assumed when starting work on a research project prior to receiving an official signed award document or a fully executed contract (i.e., final award document) from the sponsor.  Any research effort expended during this period of time is done with the knowledge that the department is fully responsible for all expenses if UVA cannot accept the award for any reason, the sponsor ultimately decides not to fund the award, or the sponsor disallows any of the costs incurred. 

It is important to understand that establishing an “At-Risk” PTAO is not what creates the risk, it is the decision to begin work and incur costs before the award and funding are in place. 

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What is an “At-Risk” PTAO?

A PTAO is designated “At-Risk” when it is initially established in Oracle.  This applies to both new (“At-Risk” Preliminary) and continuation (“At-Risk” No Cost Extension) funding.  An “At-Risk” PTAO is set up in Oracle with a $0.01 budget; once the final award document is received, the “At-Risk” award is funded (i.e., the budget is loaded into Oracle) and it becomes an “Active” award.

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When is an “At-Risk” account needed?

Best practice is to request an “At-Risk” PTAO as soon as the decision is made to start or continue work without a final award document, initial or subsequent modification. 

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Why should I set up an “At-Risk” PTAO?

Although not specifically required by policy, failure to establish an “At-Risk” PTAO is considered to be a poor financial practice because it creates unnecessary rework and gives the appearance of weak internal controls.  Having an “At-Risk” PTAO prevents compliance issues and mitigates risk to the University by ensuring:

  1. departments can properly allocate and accurately charge costs correctly the first time avoiding the need for subsequent labor distribution (LD) adjustments and cost transfers
  2. departments can easily monitor “at-risk” spending
  3. retroactive (≥ 90 days) cost transfers and LD adjustment are avoided
  4. effort is correctly certified if/when the work crosses effort reporting periods

Note:  In the absence of an "At-Risk" PTAO, costs incurred to support research (or other activities) in anticipation of 1) receiving a sponsored award, or 2) an award being executed and set-up in the Integrated System, should be incurred on an non-sponsored PTAO.  However, it is important to understand that these costs are still essentially at risk as they cannot be recovered if the award is not made or the sponsor's terms do not permit us to charge them for the incurred costs.

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How do I request an “At-Risk” PTAO?

Requests are made using the Grant Change Form – SP23.  The form must be fully completed, signed, and emailed to ospnoa@virginia.edu.  

See OSP Procedure 8-12:  Request to Establish or Extend Awards Prior to Receipt of Funding (“At-Risk” Awards) and OSP Procedure 8-13:  Preparation of Grant and Contract Changes for more detailed information.

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What is a Retro Request (Retro)?  

A request for permission to retroactively move (reallocate) charges from one PTAO to another.  UVA defines retroactive as ≥ 90 days after the Transfer Date (the date the cost is initially posted in the Integrated System) for Other Than Personnel Services (OTPS) cost transfers or ≥ 90 days after the Check Date of the payroll period for Labor Distribution (LD) adjustments.  At UVA such transactions are often referred to as a "Retro".

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When do I need to submit a Retro Request?

UVA requires prior review and approval for all Retros moving charges between sponsored PTAOs (awards starting with G or Z) or on to a sponsored PTAO from a non-sponsored PTAO.  

Submission of a Retro Request Form is NOT required in the following circumstances, even if they are ≥ 90 days past the Transfer Date (OTPS cost transfers) or ≥ 90 days past the Check Date (LD adjustments):
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  • The transfer involves ONLY non-sponsored PTAOs;

  • You are clearing a deficit on a sponsored PTAO to a non-sponsored PTAO;
  • 
You are moving an unallowable or unallocable cost off a sponsored PTAO to an non-sponsored PTAO*;
  • You are moving charges between projects (P) or tasks (T) on a single award (A); or
  • You are correcting an expenditure type to reflect supporting documentation.

*Labor/Payroll charges incurred on sponsored PTAOs that are not subsequently supported by effort certifications are NOT allocable to the sponsored program and must be removed immediately via an LD adjustment to a non-sponsored PTAO; notices are provided to the department Effort Reporting Coordinator to facilitate this process. 

Retro Requests will only be approved in truly exceptional circumstances, for example, when a sponsor changes the financial reporting requirements after an award has been set-up and expenses have been incurred.  Retro requests to correct administrative oversights or errors will not be approved without "timely" documentation of the need for the transfer, e.g., the allocation error being flagged as an issue in Recon@ prior to certification or an email (dated < 90 after the Transfer Date for OTPS or Check Date for LD) noting the allocation error and requesting correction. 

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How do I submit a Retro Request?

Complete the Online Retro Request Form. The online form will direct the user to enter the required information including the authorized approvers. Once submitted, the online form generates approval request emails with links to the form for those approvers listed. Once al required approvers have approved the form, it is delivered electronically to the Office of Sponsored Programs. A member of the post-award financial management staff in the Office of Sponsored Programs will review the form and then will do one of the following:  1) request additional information, 2) issue full or partial approval (with an approval number that must be noted when the transaction is processed in the integrated system), or 3) deny the request.

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Why is prior approval from the Office of Sponsored Programs required for Retros? 

The correct initial allocation of costs is critical to sound fiscal stewardship.  Cost transfers or LD adjustments to correct allocation errors are viewed as indications of weak internal controls.  When errors in initial allocation occur, they should be caught and corrected timely as part of the monthly reconciliation process.  UVA considers corrections to be “timely” if they are completed within 90 days of the Transfer Date (OTPS cost transfers) or Check Date (LD adjustments) and does not require submission of a Retro Request for such corrections.  Ninety days is allowed to insure there has been sufficient time for charges to have appeared on a monthly reconciliation and to provide additional time to implement the adjustment.  It is important to remember that when monthly reconciliations are prepared the Preparer is attesting to the following:

"I have reviewed current month expenditures for accuracy and sufficient source documentation in accordance with University Financial Procedure 1-4."

The Approver is attestation reads as follows:

"After review of the period expenditure detail report and this summary report, to the best of my knowledge all costs charged to this project are appropriate and wages charged are in relation to work performed on this project.  Where required, corrections have been or will be requested to be made in the Integrated System."

Based on these attestations, the post-award financial management staff in the Office of Sponsored Programs (and auditors) must assume that the initial allocation is correct.

When Retro Requests are approved, documentation supporting the change in allocation must be maintained by the initiating unit and must be provided to support compliance reviews, internal or external audits, or when requested by a Central office, e.g., Finance Outreach and Compliance (FOC), Sponsored Programs (OSP), or Internal Audit (IA).      
 


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Why might my Retro Request be denied?

The following are common reasons for denial:

  1. Failure to adequately document why the charges are allocable to the receiving sponsored PTAO.
  2. The request is to correct administrative oversights or errors but lacks “timely” documentation indicating the need for the transfer by the PTAO owner (Principal Investigator).
    • Note:  Preferably, "timely" documentation would be in the form of a comment associated with the incorrectly allocated salary/wage line item(s) in Recon@.

  3. The LD adjustment(s) would impact one or more certified effort reports.  
  4. The Transfer Date/Check Date is outside the active period of the PTAO.
  5. The cost transfer or LD adjustment would put the receiving PTAO into deficit.
  6. The receiving PTAO is closed.

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What the policies and procedures?

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What tools and guides are available?

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Who can I contact for help?

Your organizational Effort Reporting Coordinator, School/College Research Office, or the Office of Sponsored Programs (Post Award) can provide you with assistance.

OSP has created a Time and Effort Certification system email address. Send an email to osp-timeandeffort@virginia.edu to ask a question or request assistance from OSP.

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What educational opportunities regarding Time and Effort Certification are available?

New Effort Reporting Coordinators should email osp-timeandeffort@virginia.edu for initial training.  Refresher training for current Effort Reporting Coordinators is available online through Oracle Learning Mangement; go to your Learner Home and search for "Effort Reporting Refresher."

An on-line eight (8) minute presentation intended as an overview for faculty on time and effort certification theory is available from this URL: https://foc.virginia.edu/effortuva-references

For assistance in navigating and understanding the functionality of the web-based Time and Effort Certification System, please use the on-screen help in Effort@UVA.

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