The University of Arizona

Communication User FTE Network Funding Model

FY 2016 - 2017
FTE Overview and Procedure for Account Number Assignment

Communication User FTE Network Funding Model Overview

  • The Communication User FTE Network Funding Model is the mechanism by which University Information Technology Services (UITS) recovers a portion of the costs of providing data and voice connectivity to University of Arizona campus customers.
  • This model is based on Full Time Equivalents (FTE), as reported in UA Fact Book census counts. 
  • In the first year, FY 2008-2009, the Model was “Budget Neutral”, in that UITS collected the same number of dollars on an FTE basis as it collected in the baseline year on a per service basis.  There was a one-time permanent budget transfer in the first year of implementation to assure that each college/division had sufficient budget for its FTE Charge in the first year.
  • For FY 2016-2017, the FTE Rate will continue at $776 per FTE, the same rate it has been since FY 2008-2009.

UAccess Analytics FTE Data

  • The FTE Count and FTE Charge are provided in UAccess Analytics. That information is located on the Financial, General - IT Services Dashboard, on the Communication User FTE FY16-17 tab.
    • Financial --> General --> IT Services --> Communication User FTE FY16-17
  • The prompts allow query of FTE Count and FTE Charge by name at various levels of granularity. The data can be queried at the employee, account, department, college, super college, and VP levels.

Action Required of Colleges/Divisions

  • Provide KFS account number(s).  UITS asks Colleges/Divisions to provide the KFS account number(s) for the Communications User FTE Network Funding Model Charge.  The Excel template (FTE Submittal Template FY16-17) is to be used to submit this information to UITS.
  • To aid in reconciliation: UITS requests that one FTE Submittal Template be completed per Department if at all possible. If multiple departments are combined on one template, please be sure to indicate which amounts and accounts are in payment towards which department using the “YOUR Dept Number” column in the payment section of the submittal template.
  • Submittal Template format: please do not submit the template in PDF format or change the existing formatting in any way. The Excel format provided allows for direct upload into the UITS billing system, which eliminates the possibility of keystroke errors that may arise from hand-keying your department information into the system.
  • KFS account information is due Friday, December 2nd, 2016. Please email the completed Excel template to Gabriel Lopez, Director, and Meryn Finity, FTE Project Lead, UITS Business Services and Finance, at the following address:

Supporting Details

  • The FTE Charge is the product of the $776 FTE Rate and the FTE Count. 
  • In determining the FTE Count, UITS starts with institutionally reported FTE, as reported in the UA Fact Book.  The previously established exceptions for employees not considered Communication Users will continue.  These exceptions are largely for job titles such as Animal Caretakers, Custodians, and Groundskeepers.
  • The FTE Count is based on a single data point, the UA Fact Book census date of October 1, 2016. 
  • The FTE Charge is based upon employee funding allocation as of the UA Fact Book census date of October 1, 2016. For example: For an employee paid .50 FTE by Department A and .50 FTE by Department B, each of those departments will see .50 of the full FTE charge for that employee on the Analytics report, and is responsible for payment of their share of the charge.
  • The FTE Count may be validated by department, by account, and by name using the UAccess Analytics query, as described above.  Multiple accounts may be used for the FTE Charge.  The critical aspect of assigning dollars to accounts is to assure the totals agree with the FTE Charge total at the college/division level. 
  • The FTE Charge may be assigned to an account which did not exist at the time of the FTE Count. 
  • Federal grants and contracts (generally, account range 3000000 to 4199999) may not be used. 
  • At this time, our billing system cannot accept KFS sub-account, sub-object codes, or project codes.
  • The account information will be used by UITS to bill the Communication User FTE Charge expenditure.  For FY 2016-2017, the charge will post in November or December 2016, depending on the payment information submission date. The charge will be a one-time annual amount.  However, if there is an account type that cannot be billed annually, it may be billed on a quarterly basis, by designating this on the submittal template.  For those accounts that will be billed quarterly the December billing will be for two quarters.

Resources for Assistance

  • UITS Support:
All inquiries to the above email address will be received by:
Meryn Finity
FTE Project Lead
Business Services & Finance
Gabriel Lopez                                                                 
Director, Business Services & Finance                     

For Further information: