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A budget instruction memo and the 2019-21 Operating and Capital Biennial Budget Instructions have been released by Office of Financial Management (OFM).
Decision packages are one set of budget building blocks used to prepare your budget. Agencies must describe and support each requested incremental change to the current budget with a decision package. They are the place for agencies to make a persuasive case for their requests.
Here are some highlights to consider for any decision packages you may wish to submit.
Attendees representing many of our agencies came to the June 6 Accounting Close and Budget Build Workshop. Thanks to our presenters Sarah Parker (DES AP) and Paul Bitar (DES Budget) for a new, interactive workshop on year-end close and budget build. And a special thanks to Cheri Keller, OFM Senior Budget Assistant, for sharing some advice on submitting decision packages. View the presentation (including Q&As from the workshop and a summary of Cheri's comments) and accounting closing instructions from the workshop.
Travel and travel reimbursements follow the same year-end reporting guidelines as goods and services. Travel that occurs on or before June 30 will be accounted for in FY18. Travel that occurs July 1 or after will be accounted for in FY18. Please keep this in mind when booking travel for this time period; travel dates that cross fiscal years will need to be entered in TEMS as separate trips.
As always, if you have any questions regarding travel: call SAFS AP at (360) 407-8183 or email email@example.com.
If you have suggestions or feedback about the Small Agency Services Bulletin, please send your comments to SmallAgencyBulletin@des.wa.gov.
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