Administrative Procedure 8.948 Administrative Procedure 8.948 abolished on 2017-05

No current Procedure.


Administrative Procedure, AP 8.948
Effort Reporting


Administrative Procedure Chapter 8, Extramurally Funded Research and Non-Research
Grants and Contracts
Administrative Procedure Section AP 8.948, Effort Reporting
Effective Date:  February 2015
Dates Amended:  May 2013, August 1993
Responsible Office: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Governing Board and/or Executive Policy: EP 12.102, Authority to Sign and Execute Extramural Research and Training Contracts/Grants, Agreements and Contract Assignments and Releases
Review Date:  August 2018

I. Purpose

A.  Ensure that personnel charges and related documentation comply with federal requirements.

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Uniform Guidance (UG) codified at 2 CFR 200.430 (Compensation – personal services), the University must have adequate internal controls in place to support compensation for personal services charged to an award. .  Effort Reports provide an after-the-fact accounting for effort for employees who are paid in whole or part, as part of a federally sponsored agreement.  Effort Reports confirm that the distribution of an employee’s salary and wages to sponsored projects and all other activities reasonably reflects the actual activity of the employee.

II. Definitions

No policy specific or unique definitions apply

III. Administrative Procedure

A.    Objective

Document official policies and procedures on Effort Reporting requirements for personnel charges to federally sponsored projects and define responsibilities of affected personnel.

B.    Applicability

These procedures apply to all federally sponsored agreements to which personnel costs are charged.

C.    Guidelines

1.    Effort Reports are created annually from the University's official payroll accounting system.  These reports are used to certify the percentage of effort an employee worked on a particular project.  An Effort Report is generated for each UH employee funded by a federally sponsored agreement.

2.    Effort Reports are required for all regular payroll for UH employees that are charged to federally sponsored projects. Overload, casual, RCUH and student payroll are supported by other documentation (e.g. time sheets).

3.    Personnel Notification Forms (PNF) should generally be initiated prior to the effective date of the personnel action in accordance with payroll requirements and processing deadlines, in order to generate payroll charges appropriately

4.    For personnel who are split-funded, the Full-Time Equivalent    (FTE) ratio reported should represent reasonable estimates of the time and effort expended on specific project(s).

5.    The Effort Report shall be certified in accordance with deadlines established by the Office of Research Services    (ORS).

6.    The PI or a supervisory official having first-hand knowledge of the services performed on the project shall certify the reasonableness of the percentage of effort expended by employees on the project for the period covered.

7.    The fully approved Effort Report serves as the permanent record detailing the distribution of effort for an employee for a given period and will be maintained in the University’s official accounting system in accordance with the University’s record retention policies outlined in AP A8.926.

8.    An individual’s FTE contribution towards a project should be adjusted on the PNF and the payroll system when there is a variance of more than 5% over a long-term period    (greater than 2 months). For example, if FTE is currently at .50, adjustments should be processed when actual FTE falls below .475 or exceeds .525.

D.    Responsibilities

1.    Chancellor/Dean/Director is ultimately responsible for the prescribed documentation of personnel costs charged directly to federally sponsored projects under their jurisdiction, including the implementation of corrective actions for departmental deficiencies and the securing of necessary funds to cover any cost disallowances that may arise due to non-compliance with this federal requirement.

2.    Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for reviewing and ensuring that amounts (including FTE percentages) reasonably represent the labor efforts performed by project personnel. The PI should submit the Payroll Notification Form (PNF) in a timely manner in order for payroll to be charged appropriately.  PI also ensures that labor charges are never allocated to federally sponsored programs to: (1) cover deficiencies caused by project overruns; (2)  avoid restrictions imposed by law or provisions of the sponsored agreement; or (3) for other reasons of convenience.

3.    Fiscal  Administrator    (FA)  is responsible for reconciling payroll on a regular and timely basis based upon information provided by the PI
and ensuring that documentation on file agrees with the Effort Report.

4.    Office of Research Services    (ORS) is responsible for ensuring that
all Effort Reports have been reviewed and approved in accordance with established deadlines.

E.    Procedures

1.    PIs and FAs receive notification that Effort Reports have been generated and require attention.

2.    PI reviews Effort Report and performs the following:

a.    Confirms reasonableness of salary amounts and FTE percentages.

b.    Approves the online Effort Report in accordance with deadlines established by ORS.

3.    FA approves Effort Report to confirm that documentation on file agrees with the Effort Report.

4.    ORS verifies that all Effort Reports are received in accordance with established deadlines.  ORS will send a reminder notice and notify Deans/Directors of any outstanding Effort Reports that are not submitted by the established deadlines.    Account activity may be suspended until required Effort Reports are submitted.

IV. Delegation of Authority

There is no administrative procedure specific delegation of authority.

V. Contact Information

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, telephone number: (808) 956-4740; and email may be contacted for information
relating to this Administrative Procedure.

VI. References

View version abolished on: 2017-05-18

    A. Link to superseded procedures:

VII. Exhibits and Appendices



    Vassilis Syrmos    
    March 20, 2015    
    Vice President for Research and Innovation


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