Billing Cycle Dates

2020 SPCC Billing Cycle Dates & Deadlines

All transactions for the billing cycle must be signed off by both the Cardholder and Approver by the relevant deadlines below. If you have any questions or issues during your billing cycle, contact your SPCC Program Administrator.

Month

Cycle Start
Date

Cycle End
Date

Works Statement
Available*

Sign Off
Deadline**

January 2020

Dec 14

Jan 15

Jan 17

Jan 22

February 2020

Jan 16

Feb 14

Feb 16

Feb 24

March 2020

Feb 15

Mar 13

Mar 15

Mar 23

April 2020

Mar 14

Apr 15

Apr 17

Apr 22

May 2020***

Apr 16

May 15

May 17

May 22

June 2020 (FY21)

May 16

Jun 15

Jun 17

Jun 22

July 2020

Jun 16

Jul 15

Jul 17

Jul 22

August 2020

Jul 16

Aug 14

Aug 16

Aug 24

September 2020

Aug 15

Sep 15

Sep 17

Sep 22

October 2020

Sep 16

Oct 16

Oct 18

Oct 22

November 2020

Oct 16

Nov 13

Nov 15

Nov 23

December 2020

Nov 14

Dec 15

Dec 17

Dec 17****

* Charges may be posted up to 48 hours past the date of the billing cycle close. Works statements should be set to run 2 days past each billing cycle close to ensure accuracy. You can pull your billing statement at any time before or after the scheduled report run.

** Subject to change; Transactions are swept by the Accountant the morning following the Sign Off Deadline.

*** Last Billing Cycle for FY20. Any charges posted after May 15th will hit FY21 budgets.

**** UMW Winter Break 2020 starts December 21 so the Accountant must perform the sweep December 18 to ensure timely payment to BOA.


Beat the Sweep!

What is the “Sweep”?

In accounting, a sweep is where the accountant prepares all transactions posted during a certain time frame to be cleared from the system.  In order for the University Accountant to sweep the transactions at the end of each billing cycle, those transactions must be allocated fully and properly (at a minimum GL01-04, GL09, and GL10), and must be signed off by both the Cardholder and Approver. If sign off on a transaction is held up for one reason or another, the transaction must at least be allocated prior to Sign Off deadline. Otherwise, the University Accountant will have to allocate to a general FOAP, which will not hit budgets properly. The Accountant performs the sweep the morning after the Sign Off Deadline, referenced in the chart above.

Why should I care?

Cardholders who do not complete allocation and sign off prior to the sweep are subject to non-compliance consequences which may result in written notices, required refresher trainings, or possible suspension of the card. Cardholders are issued consequences for getting swept because their actions have now created a lot of manual work to be done by the UMW Accountant, including personal outreach to the Cardholders for FOAP information to ensure proper expenditures from budgets, prior to being able to perform the required sweep.

What can I do to prevent being swept?

Some tips to avoid getting swept:

  • Set a day each week on your calendar to perform Works reconciliation (allocation & sign off).
  • DO NOT WAIT for Works to send you an email alerting you that transactions are awaiting sign off as the email from the system is most often delayed. Instead, regularly check your Works account for posted transaction that require allocation and sign off.
  • Notify the Program Admin of:
    • Upcoming leave/absences due to vacations, sabbaticals, extended or temporary leave, changes in chair appointments, etc. that may coincide with sign off deadlines.
    • Problems with FOAP allocation or GL segment validation
  • Cardholders:
    • Don’t wait until the last minute to allocate/sign off since your approvers need to review your transactions and sign off too
    • Communicate with your Approver if there may be an issue with signing off prior to the deadline, or if you have any last minute pending transactions.
  • Approvers:
    • Develop a process of communication for yourself and your cardholder(s) to ensure that transactions are reviewed and signed off in a timely manner
    • Before COB on the sign off deadline date, double check Works one more time for any transactions in your queue awaiting final sign off. Make sure your filters show the correct billing cycle dates and show all groups you are approver for.
  • Check with your Program Administrator to make sure you don’t have any outstanding transactions prior to the sign off deadline.

The Program Administrator will send at least 2 email communications notifying you of the sign off deadline and any outstanding items needing to be addressed prior to the sweep. Use these reminders to your advantage.