Today at Berkeley Lab

10 Questions for OCFO’s Laura Sanders

This procurement subcontract administrator appreciates the Lab’s casual dress policy, enjoys belly dancing, and hopes to travel to Fiji one day. Go here to check out the rest of Sanders’ answers.

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Are You Working Out of State or the U.S.?

To ensure the Lab is compliant with California, other states, and international withholding tax laws, employees working on a Change of Station (permanent or temporary) Interlocation Appointment (ILA), or other kinds of projects, should e-mail taxinfo@lbl.gov or call Rosario Sayson (x6551) to determine proper state and federal tax withholding.

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Reminder: Use New Project & Activity IDs in LETS

Get an early start on your time entry, and remember to use your new Project & Activity IDs. Use the Project Lookup link in LETS to find your new values, and visit fsm.lbl.gov to take the required training. The October sweep is Oct. 29 at noon.

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Course for New Users of Online Event Approval Database

The course — designed for employees who plan Lab events that use DOE-managed funds, provides a step-by-step instruction on how to enter onsite or offsite meetings and conferences. This training must be completed to access the Event Approval database. The next course will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Building 90-0026. Registration required. Go here to review the Lab’s event policy.

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Lab’s Travel Policy Has Been Updated; All Travelers Must Review

Updates affect foreign travel, covering personal airfare costs, car service, and expense report submissions. More>

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OCFO’s Hanh Kent Selected as ‘Supplier Diversity Champion’

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency recognized Kent, the Lab’s Small Business Officer, and others for their “outstanding leadership, strong commitment, and powering diversity and contributions to minority businesses’ economic development.” She also received special congressional recognition from Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17th District).

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Resources for Help With F$M

Check out the F$M Support Page to get help with the new financial system. There are five ways to get assistance: the F$M Knowledge Base, your local F$M Guide, the F$M web form, e-mail, or phone (starting Oct. 1). Visit the F$M Home Page for Project ID lookup, required LETS training, and key financial system links.

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Work Request Center, Maximo Off-Line From 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Today

The shutdown is required for integration with new F$M system. To request Facilities Division work during that time, call x6274. The center’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call x5481 for after-hours emergencies.

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F$M Update: All Project IDs Changing on Oct. 1; Training on LETS Required

Wherever current project IDs are used, a new Project ID plus three-digit Activity Code will be required. Find new values with the Project ID Look-Up Tool. LETS users are required to take a five-minute, online course on the new Project and Activity IDs in the modified LETS system. Stop by the cafeteria at lunchtime today or Thursday for more on these changes and the Financial Systems Modernization project.

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Demos Today: Project Budgets Online, Changes to LETS Time Entry

Come to the cafeteria at lunchtime today to get a sneak preview of what’s coming in October: changes to LETS and Cost Browser, and a new online tool that provides a snapshot of project budgets. More demos coming to the Cafeteria and offsite locations. See full demo schedule.

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