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1410 PR.01 Internal Service Providers: Registration and Annual Renewal
January 18, 2011
An Internal Service Provider (ISP) is a unit separately organized to provide goods and/or services to other University Organizational Units or Departments and charge for those goods or services based on the allowable costs of the operation. ISPs may also provide goods and/or services to external customers.
ISP rates must adhere to federal costing principles because the purchasers of those services may charge federal funds.
If the ISP provides services to external users, the ISP must be aware of and comply with regulations regarding use of equipment purchased with federal funds, regulations governing services provided in buildings financed with tax-exempt debt, allowable activities utilizing tax-exempt property and potential sales tax and Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) consequences of providing services to external users.
This procedure describes the process that an ISP is required to follow to register initially and annually per Policy 1410, Internal Service Providers.
Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI)
In limited situations, the University may generate UBTI, which is derived when the University regularly carries on a trade or business activity unrelated to its mission or tax exempt purpose.
Source System Identifier (SSI)
A Source System Identifier (SSI) is a unique JSA identifier, assigned by General Accounting to each ISP, to be used in a specific part of the batch name when the ISP produces the JSA billing transactions for their charges.
All units who wish to operate as an ISP must complete an ISP Registration Form. Instruction have been developed to assist with the completion of this form. Please contact General Accounting at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about and/or for assistance with the form.
2. Request Unique Account for ISP Revenues and Expenses
Policy 1410, Internal Service Providers, requires that ISPs establish a unique account, through which all revenues and expenses of the ISP must flow. The University recommends a unique organizational unit, to capture this activity; however if a department does not feel this structure is appropriate for their ISP, a unique project is acceptable. Therefore, at the time of registration, the ISP should complete forms to request a new organizational unit, if appropriate or operating project if one does not exist. Complete Form 1300 FR.04 to request an organizational unit or follow Procedure 1302 PR.02 to request an operating project.
3. Send Forms to General Accounting
The Registration Form must be submitted via e-mail to General Accounting at email@example.com with any attachments (as described in Section 2. above) by the ISP’s department administrator. This e-mail will serve as an authorization for the request. All new ISP registrations are brought to the attention of the ISP Standards Committee at their quarterly meetings.
4. Complete Registration Process
When the registration is processed, General Accounting will issue a Source System Identifier for the newly registered ISP by e-mail to the ISPs department administrator, which will be used in the batch name of the department JSA when billing internal users. The Source System Identifier and its use are discussed more fully in Procedure 1410 PR.03, Internal Service Providers: Accounting and Billing. The receipt of the Source System Identifier will signify the completion of the registration process. The information on the registration form will be included in a an Oracle database. That information will be available to University users on the ISP Website.
Concerns about a proposed ISP’s registration will be referred to the appropriate Dean or Provost by the ISP Standards Committee.
5. Update Registration Form
The registration form must be updated annually by the department and submitted to General Accounting by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org each spring. General Accounting will notify department administrators by e-mail that registration information should be updated. Significant changes in operation and/or volume of operation should be highlighted in the annual registration renewal update. The ISP Standards Committee will be notified if there have been any significant changes in an ISP’s operation. Significant changes will be reviewed by the appropriate subject matter experts on the ISP Standards Committee. The ISP will be contacted as necessary based on ISP Standards Committee review comments.
6. Record Retention
The original ISP registration form will be maintained in the Oracle database. These records will be retained in compliance with Policy 1105 Retention of University Financial Records.