Creighton University

Accounting Procedures


Monthly Personnel Activity Reporting






October 1996


Jan 2000, Oct 2006, June 2009


 The timely and accurate certification of effort on sponsored projects is federally required and an important part of grants management. In accordance with federal regulations, annual external audits are conducted on the University's effort reporting system. Failure to follow the procedures described places the department and the University at great risk. Adverse audit findings could result in disallowance of sponsored program funds.

  • Monthly Personnel Activity Report (PAR)
  • Monthly Control Sheet

The Payroll system generates a PAR for each individual receiving any portion of his/her salary and wages from Government sponsored research.

The PAR Coordinator will receive the Personnel Activity Reports (PAR) plus a control sheet listing the employees in their department receiving a PAR.  The PARs are generated after each monthly pay period.  The purpose of the control sheet is to assure that all PARs are accounted for, distributed and returned within the timeframe allowed for certifying.  The PAR Coordinator should review the control sheet to determine if all applicable PAR forms for the reporting period have been received.  If an employee does not have a PAR generated, the PAR Coordinator will prepare a PAR for that individual and give it to them for completion.  The PAR Coordinator should generate an EAF for the employee if needed.

The PARs are given to each employee to be completed and signed. The PAR Coordinator is responsible for collecting the completed, signed PARs from each employee.  The PAR Coordinator should review the completed PARs before returning them to the Controller's Office.  Items to check are:

  • All reports distributed have been returned.
  • All reports are signed and dated (all signatures must be in ink).
  • % Time Worked column sums to 100.
  • % Cost Share column sums to 0.
  • Note any variances greater than 5% between % Time Worked and % Paid after consideration for any applicable salary cap.  If an employee will continue to work at the new level of effort reported, generate an EAF to change the salary distribution for future pay periods and prepare a journal entry to correct the current pay period.  If the variance only relates to the current pay period, prepare a journal entry to correct the current pay period..

Attach the control report to the completed PARs and return to the Controller's Office within a reasonable time.

Any requests for a salary distribution adjustment must also include a revised, completed and signed PAR. This keeps us in compliance with the Public Health Service Grants Policy Statement, Chapter 7, which states that any cost transfers (including salary adjustments) must be supported by documentation that contains the following:

  • Certification of the correctness of the new charge.
  • Explanation of how the error occurred and how it was discovered.
  • Explanations such as "To correct administrative error" or "To transfer to correct project" or "To correct overdraft" are not adequate justifications.
  • Transfers of costs from one budget period to the next solely to cover cost overruns is not allowable.

Questions relating to the certification of Personnel Activity Reporting should be directed to the Grants and Contracts Staff Accountant located in the Controller's Office.