New or revised policies implemented this month
  • Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-501 Communications Allowance replaces FIS 410-02 Cell Phone Charges & FIS 410-33 Communications Allowance. This new policy provides a communications allowance, rather than a reimbursement requiring additional documentation. OSU faculty and staff who are required to conduct university business using their own personal communication device may be eligible for one of three rates base on the level of business use, as described in this policy.
  • FIS Policy 411-08 Receipt Requirements has been revised to provide clarity and improve the efficiency of processing travel reimbursements.  This revised policy will now only require receipts for travel-related expenses over $75, other than those items specifically listed in the policy.  This policy is now a section of Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-407 Travel Reimbursements, and can be access on the FPP website by clicking on that link.

Click on this link to the Introduction to learn more about the Fiscal Policy Program and how to navigate through the online manual.

New Website

This is a new site, and several areas are still under development.  Please email to notify us of any broken links, incorrect, missing or unclear information.  You will not generally receive a response, but all valid issues will be corrected in a timely manner.

Our Current Effort

The Fiscal Policy Program (FPP) is in the process of converting the Fiscal Operations (FIS) Manual to this new Fiscal Policy Manual.  This will include a thorough review of each policy to ensure the following:

  • The purpose (fiscal principles) and intent (rationale) are clear and reasonable;
  • The content is consistent with university policies and standards, as well as the strategic plan of the Division of Finance and Administration;
  • The content is relevant, aligned with the current governance structure and any reference to OUS has been removed; and
  • The standardized format, numbering convention and new status fields are updated.

This is a significant undertaking that will take time.  At this point, all FIS policies have been transferred to the new manual, but you may notice some significant differences from what you have been accustomed to seeing, such as:

  • Policies that overlap or work together have been identified and are now organized together under one fiscal rule.  As policies are reviewed and updated the content will be merged together as a single fiscal rule.
  • The numbering convention has changed as described above in the Structure section.
  • The header of each fiscal rule includes a reference to the FIS policy number(s) being replaced, as well as new status fields used to track and summarize useful information used for the Status Report, which allows you to monitor information and activity related to fiscal policy.