News & Archives

January 17, 2014: General Inventory Procedures Training Updated

Equipment Inventory has updated the manual for the General Inventory Procedures Training, as well as the related quiz to reflect current policies and processes for managing your department’s inventory. This training is still online and on demand. If you have any questions, please contact us at eio@uw.edu.

January 15, 2014: OASIS Access From Off-campus Now Restricted

Effective 01/15/2014, you will be unable to access OASIS from any computer that is not located on the UW Campus. This is being done for security purposes. If you need to access OASIS from home, you will need to remote in to a computer located on campus first. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at eio@uw.edu.

January 3, 2014:  Upcoming Equipment Inventory Quarterly Brown Bag Lunch Session

Since we discontinued the quarterly in-person trainings, we thought it would be a good idea to hold quarterly brown bag lunches so that our campus customers have the chance to meet us, as well as having the opportunity to learn about specific inventory-related topics. Our first brown bag lunch will be held Thursday, January 23rd, 12-1 PM in Room 118 of the Purchasing and Accounting building (3917 University Way NE). The main topic of the day will be Federal and Agency inventories, as well as general questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 2, 2014:  UW Equipment Information Card Web Form Now Available

The Equipment Inventory Office (EIO) has created a web form version of our Equipment Information Card (previously known as an Orange Card).  Using this form allows departments to submit equipment information directly to EIO from the web.  This web form replaces the Excel form, which was discontinued 01/01/2014.

https://f2.washington.edu/fm/eio/equipment-forms/eif. Please contact eio@uw.edu with any questions or concerns.

December 1, 2013:  New Online OASIS Training is Live

Equipment Inventory is proud to announce that their on-demand, online training is now available (http://f2.washington.edu/fm/eio/training-OASIS). The new training program consists of eight short videos and some exercises to be done in our Training database. This replaces the quarterly, in-person sessions.

The videos may be watched by anyone at any time; to receive permission to access OASIS, and to be set up in our Training database, please email us at eio@uw.edu.

October 14, 2013:  Equipment Purchases on Fellowships/Training Grants

Fellowships provide Fellows (individuals who have generally attained their graduate degree and help conduct research at the University) with research funds, which can include the purchase of necessary equipment.  Previously, if a Fellow was going to keep this equipment at the conclusion of a research project, our policy required they acquire a stipend through the Payroll Office and then go out to purchase the equipment themselves.  It was our understanding that using a UW purchasing system to buy the equipment was a violation of the Washington State Ethics Law.

We’ve recently revisited this topic with Internal Audit and have determined that using one of the UW Purchasing systems for these purchases is NOT a violation of the Washington State Ethics Law and therefore is allowable, as long as the intention for the Fellow to keep the equipment at the conclusion of the research project it is explicitly stated in the grant from the sponsor.

http://f2.washington.edu/fm/eio/acquisition-fellowship

October 10, 2013:  M&E Purchases will require an official Department of Revenue (DOR) Manufacturer's Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate (M&E Certificate) be attached to the order. 

Effective 11/1/2013, Machinery and Equipment (M&E) purchases in eProcurement will require an official DOR M&E Certificate be attached to the order.  This will strengthen the University’s compliance with DOR requirements.

Detailed procedures of the new process can be found on the Equipment Inventory Office’s M&E Procedure – eProcurement webpage:  http://f2.washington.edu/fm/eio/m-and-e-eprocurement .

September 27, 2013:  M&E Purchases will no longer be allowed in the Non-PO Invoice and eReimbursement modules of Ariba beginning November 1, 2013

Effective 11/1/2013, Machinery and Equipment (M&E) purchases will not be allowed in the Non-PO Invoice or eReimbursement modules of Ariba.  Although M&E codes will still be visible in these modules, they should not be selected.  If M&E codes are used, the order will be rejected to the department by the Equipment Inventory Office.  Departments will have to create a new Non-PO Invoice and e-Reimbursement request.

Eventually, M&E codes will be completely removed from the Non-PO Invoice and eReimbursement modules of Ariba.  However, due to programming efforts and competing priorities, this will be a future phase.

Why?

M&E purchases require pre-approval.  A vendor should not allow an M&E purchase to be made without the M&E certificate presented up front.  Since both the Non-PO and eReimbursement modules are “post purchase” payment methods, pre-approval is not available.  By allowing these types of purchases to qualify as M&E, we are jeopardizing the University’s ability to participate in the M&E Tax Exemption Program.

Best Practice for M&E Orders

Use eProcurement Catalog or Non-Catalog modules of Ariba for your M&E purchases.

September 12, 2013:  Maintenance Agreements and Warranties – Are they taxable?

Maintenance agreements and warranties should always be taxed, even if the purchase they are related to is tax exempt.  For more information, please see the following Equipment Inventory Office’s web sites:

Equipment Maintenance - Maintaining Equipment

M&E Unique Situations and Conclusions

September 12, 2013:  UW Equipment Information Card (Orange Card) Web Form Now Available!

The Equipment Inventory Office (EIO) has created a web form version of our Equipment Information Card (previously known as an Orange Card).  Using this form allows departments to submit equipment information directly to EIO from the web.

EIO is transitioning away from the term “Orange Card” and will now refer to this document as the Equipment Information Card.  We will continue to accept the non-web form version of the Equipment Information Card through 12/31/13.  After that, we request you use the web form version.  There may be rare circumstances where the non-web form version will need to be used.

May 02, 2012: Purchase Incentives/Gifts - Guidance

When vendors offer purchase incentives/gifts (free items) with any University purchase, the free item becomes the property of the University of Washington. Please see Purchase Incentives/Gifts - Guidance for additional information.
 
August 26, 2011: There is a new Property Activity Request Form 1024 (1024 form).
 
KEY CHANGES INCLUDE:
  • The form is an Excel form so you can type directly into it and save it electronically.
  • Section D for External Transfers has been removed. We are working on a new form for External Transfers. Please contact EIO to initiate any External Transfers.
  • More lines have been added for asset tags and descriptions.
  • Check boxes have been removed. Filling out data in a section indicates your desired procedure.

Section B has been updated. It is only used for special sales and out of area disposals now. All standard surplus disposals are now done electronically via the Surplus web site and do not require completion of a 1024 Form.

June 03, 2011:  Traveling out of country with personal or University owned equipment?  Check out the updated customs procedure. 

When University faculty, students, or staff are traveling out of country with either personal or University owned equipment that is less than 6 months old (as carry-on or checked baggage), be prepared to document the original purchase upon returning to the United States to avoid having to pay duty tax. 

The traveler should keep supporting documentation of the equipment purchase with the equipment as it leaves the country, while it is in the foreign country, and most importantly, when the equipment returns to the United States. Appropriate supporting documentation includes:

May 23, 2011:  1024 Form no longer needed when surplussing equipment!
 
Effective May 23, 2011, a Property Activity Request – Form 1024 will no longer be required when departments are disposing of equipment through Surplus Property’s online surplus request form.  Surplus Property will automatically notify the Equipment Inventory Office (EIO) when equipment items (both inventorial and non-inventorial) have been picked up.  This electronic notification will serve as the official record from which EIO will remove assets from the OASIS system.    
 
NOTE:  It is important to enter tag numbers individually because this form serves as the official record used by the Equipment Inventory Office to remove assets from the OASIS system.  Failing to enter individual tag numbers may result in items being surplused but not removed from the OASIS system.  The department will then have to report the item as lost using a Property Activity Request - Form 1024 because there will be no official record of the items’ surplus.
 
February 10, 2010:  Systems Policy available for most types of equipment
 
July 01, 2009:  GASB 51 Software Policy change in effect
 
July 01, 2007:  Cluster Policy went live
 
July 01, 2003:  Converted OASIS building numbers to the campus-wide FacNum system (from SIMS)
 
June 04, 1999:  Web OASIS conversion from VAX/Austen system
 
July 01, 1996:  Threshold change from $300/$1,000 to $2,000 for all assets excluding weapons  
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