Welcome to the Office of Business and Financial Services Open Comment Blog!
The Office of Business and Financial Services is hosting an open comment period, beginning May 14 and closing May 28 at 5 p.m. CT. In this open comment period a new policy, 8.6.12 Participant Support Costs, and corresponding process information are presented.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Education, other federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations provide funding to support participation in Outreach programs in underserved areas and populations, promote STEM activities, bring together experts, students and faculty, and promote participation in workshops, conferences, meetings, training, symposia, etc. Multiple departments receive funding from these agencies and organizations. When departments pay participants in these supported activities, the payments are designated Participant Support Costs.
The proposed new policy and procedure will detail how payments made to participants of outreach programs and other supporting activities by the University of Illinois System are treated. The additional guidance on the Participant Support Costs webpage contains IRS reporting information, and instructions for how to process transactions.
The new policy will be found in Section 8 Payments and Reimbursements of Business and Financial Policies and Procedures Manual, the new process information will be found under the Payments to Non-Employees and Payments to Students webpages.
Please review the policy and provide feedback.