March certification period will start on 4/6/15!
The new ePARs system was successfully launched on 2/16/09 for the reporting period ending on 12/31/08. Certifications for future reporting periods will continue to be processed within the new system. There are several tools available to assist with the transition to the new electronic system, including a training video, information sessions for faculty and staff, and reference materials. See below for additional details.
ePARS EDUCATIONAL VIDEO
ePARS INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
There are no information sessions scheduled at this time.
ePARS REFERENCE MATERIALS
ePARS INFORMATION SESSION SLIDES
Electronic Personnel Activity Reporting System
As a recipient of federal research funding, Washington University is required to maintain a system that allows faculty and staff to certify the salaries charged to sponsored projects (i.e., an effort reporting system). The effort reporting system that WU has utilized for the last 20 years is called PARS (Personnel Activity Report System). The software license for the technology that supports PARs terminates during FY 2009, thus a replacement system is required.
Accordingly, Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) and Administrative Information Systems (AIS) has implemented a new electronic effort reporting system called ePARS (electronic Personnel Activity Reporting System). ePARS provides additional functionality and internal controls to the Universitys effort reporting process, such as:
- Electronic notification, routing and certification of ePAR
- Access to ePARS 24/7 from anywhere via web browser
- View effort percentages on demand during reporting period
- Certified reports retained and available in electronic format
- Standard reports and data queries will be available to faculty, staff and central areas.
The design and implementation team was lead by members from SPA and AIS. Additional support and input for the project was obtained from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, school business offices, academic department personnel and faculty.