The Indiana University accounting system is designed to ensure fiscal integrity and responsibility within the University, and to properly classify and record income and expenditures for financial report preparation. The system used is the Kuali Financial System (KFS). IU Southeast Accounting Services may be contacted for additional information and training on the use of the KFS.
In order to enhance operational efficiency and managerial decision-making, the IU Southeast budget is organized into financial accounts and structured according to level of responsibility. Within the university chart of accounts, each account will have a fiscal officer, an account manager, and an account supervisor. Executive managers have ultimate fiscal responsibility. Roles and responsibilities of these individuals are as follows:
The above four roles are listed in order of hierarchical responsibility with executive management having the highest responsibility in regard to fiscal integrity. It is understood that most of these positions will have multiple accounts, in multiple fund groups, under their scope of responsibility.
Executive management positions inherently come with the responsibility for the fiscal activity which occurs in all of their units. Executive managers will not neccessarily be assigned an official chart of accounts role in an account, but this does not mean that executive management does not have ultimate responsibility for the fiscal integrity of all accounts assigned to their organizations. Depending on the organization, these positions could include chairs, deans, vice chancellors, vice presidents, chancellors, and the president.
The account supervisor is the unit leader responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization. this role will provide leadership, oversight, and management philosophy to ensure that all funds are spent and managed according to the goals, objectives, and mission of the organization and in accordance with university policies. The account supervisor will also ensure that the fiscal officer has the education and training required to perform their assigned functions.
The account manager has the responsibility for ensuring that funds are spent and managed according to the goals, objectives, and mission of the organization, to ensure that the funds are being spent according to a budgeted plan, and that allocation of expenditures is appropriate to the function identified for the account. Timely the OneStart action list is the responsibility of the account managers.
The duties and responsibilities of the fiscal officer include providing daily oversight on how the funds are spent and managed. This oversight includes ensuring funds are budgeted, where appropriate, that they are spent according to fiscal policy, that funds are spent in alignment with the account purpose, that process and controls are in place, that assets are safeguarded, that transactions are recorded and reported properly, that the account is reconciled on a monthly basis, and that either the expenditures are in conformity with the budget, or appropriate budget changes have been made to reflect a change in the original budget. Signature authority on all financial transactions rests with the fiscal officer, and the fiscal officer is the only person who can delegate signature authority on an account.
Fiscal officers typically reside at the responsibility center ("RC"), auxiliary unit, or support unit. Large, complex responsibility centers may have multiple fiscal officers in order to accomodate the size and scale of the RC. In such cases, there will be a primary RC fiscal officer that provides oversight to the other RC fiscal officers. Campus fiscal administration must approve the creation of all fiscal officers below the RC level.
An account manager may delegate account approval authority. A delegate of signature authority is a person authorized to approve financial transactions in the KFS/OneStart action list in place of the fiscal officer and account manager. Timely monitoring of both the OneStart action list is the responsibility of all account delegates. To request delegation, the account manager should send an e-mail to the fiscal officer requesting approval for a delegate as well as delegation limits.
In accordance with IU policy I-10, a faculty or staff person designated as a fiscal officer, account supervisor, or account manager must be an exempt employee. The title and responsibility of a Delegate of Signature Authority can be either exempt or a non-exempt employee.