Office of Procedures, Records, and Forms

BPPM Revision Memorandum


January 27, 1999

TO: Manual Users
FROM: Ralph Jenks, Manager
SUBJECT: Business Policies and Procedures Manual
Revision Letter Number One Hundred Thirty-Six


This BPPM revision includes the following changes:

Gift Transmittal 30.70

This revision provides additional clarification of gift characteristics, sponsored project solicitations (which are not considered to be gifts), and gifts which need OGRD approval.

The revision adds a blank master and instructions for the Gift Transmittal and Acknowledgment form.

Classification and Reclassification–Classified Staff 60.02

This revision updates the procedures followed by employees, Human Resource Services (HRS), and employing departments in the case of employee-initiated requests for reclassification.

HRS has added the Position Description and the Position Questionnaire forms to this section.

Tuition Waivers–Fall and Spring Semesters 60.70

The eligibility requirements have been updated and the Tuition Fee Waiver Request form has been revised. Summer Session procedures have been moved to a separate section (60.73). The title of this section has been changed from WSU Employee Fee Waiver for WSU Courses.

Summer Educational Benefits 60.73

This new section includes Summer Session procedures for educational benefits (previously fee waivers).

Personal Services Contracts 70.50

This revision adjusts the dollar thresholds for competitive bidding, filing sole source contracts and amendments, and filing of competitive contracts, in accordance with OFM policy changes.

Meals and Lodging 95.06

Continental USA lodging maximum rates no longer must include taxes. Taxes paid on continental USA lodging may be reimbursed even though taxes raise the total cost of lodging to an amount that exceeds the maximum listed lodging rate. NOTE: This revision is effective February 1, 1999.

Taxes are still included in the listed maximum lodging rates for noncontinental and foreign locations.

Travel Rates 95.19

The 1999 high cost travel rates are now available. This revision provides links to the State Department’s WWW sites for continental and noncontinental USA and foreign rates. NOTE: This revision is effective February 1, 1999.

The 1998 high cost rate tables will remain available in the BPPM.