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Glenn Hegar  ·  Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Expenditure Approvals and Certification

Issued: Feb. 11, 2009
Updated: Apr. 3, 2009

FPP B.007

Overview

Applicable to

State agencies and institutions of higher education releasing payment batches into the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS), the Uniform Statewide Payroll/Personnel System (USPS) or the Standardized Payroll/Personnel Reporting System (SPRS).

Background

An individual approving an expenditure for an agency or institution must be properly authorized to approve expenditures. An individual who is not an officer or employee of a state agency may not approve and may not be designated to approve that agency’s expenditures.


The online release of a batch of documents for processing into USAS, USPS and SPRS constitutes the electronic approval and certification of all those documents.

For more information, see Certification of Expenditures, Approval and Release of Documents by Non-Employees, and Unapproved Expenditures.

To add or remove agency staff authorized to approve expenditures and release payment batches, both voucher signature cards and system security profiles must be updated. For detailed policies and procedures, see Establishing and Removing Authority and Security to Approve Expenditures.

Note: For the purpose of this procedure, the term “expenditure” includes USAS payment documents, USPS and SPRS payroll documents, and vouchers submitted to the Comptroller on paper. All individuals with authority to approve expenditures must be properly listed on an agency’s voucher signature cards and deemed to have the authority to approve each type of payment voucher. Limiting the type of payments an individual may approve must be done by specifying the authorized payment types on the individual’s security profiles in each system.

Legal Cites and Rules

Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. §§2101.035(a), 2103.032(a), 2103.032(b). 403.071(a), 2103.004, and 2155.322-2155.323. 34 TAC §5.61.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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