TRES User Guide - Oregon State University

Travel Reimbursement Entry
System (TRES)
User Manual
August 2011
Oregon State University
Business Affairs
Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 2
Task by Role ................................................................................................................................. 2
TRES Tips ....................................................................................................................................... 2
Accessing TRES .......................................................................................................................... 3
Travel Reimbursement Entry System (TRES) ............................................................. 3
1. Travel Info (Required) ..................................................................................................... 4
2. Itinerary (Optional) ........................................................................................................... 6
3. Private Auto Mileage (Optional) ................................................................................ 8
4. Airfare (Optional) ............................................................................................................... 9
5. Other Expenses (Optional) ......................................................................................... 10
6. Accounting (Required) .................................................................................................. 11
7. Grand Total (Required) ................................................................................................. 12
Final Steps ................................................................................................................................... 13
Appendix A: Resources ......................................................................................................... 14
Appendix B: Common TRES Errors ................................................................................. 15
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Introduction
The Travel Reimbursement Entry System (TRES) is used to calculate reimbursement amounts for OSU
employees traveling on official university business. The complete travel policy can be found in the
Financial Operations (FIS) Manual, section 411 and on the Business Affairs website.
Task by Role
If you are:
You can:
Business
Travel
Travel
Traveler
Center – Invoice
Coordinator Administrator
Approver
Initiate/edit/delete/forward
personal travel reimbursement
Initiate/edit/delete/forward a
travel reimbursement for Traveler
Create an Invoice
Approve an Invoice
TRES Tips
Use the Save Document in Process button frequently. TRES times out after 60 minutes of
inactivity.
Use “MM/DD/YY” as the format for all date fields within the system.
Use the List Locations button to ensure proper spelling of the travel location. If the city is not
spelled correctly, the per diem will not calculate accurately.
TRES will display errors and notes at the top and bottom of the form each time it is saved. Errors
must be corrected before the form can be submitted; notes are informational only.
Use the Exit link when finished to close the session instead of the X in the browser window.
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Accessing TRES
TRES is found in the OSU Online Services menu. Log on to Employee Online Services with your ONID
username and password or OSU ID and GAP.
Travel Reimbursement Entry System (TRES)
The TRES form has 7 sections:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Travel Info (Required)
Itinerary
Private Auto Mileage
Airfare
Other Expenses
Accounting (Required)
Grand Total (Required)
Travel Info, Accounting, and Grand Total are always required; the other sections are necessary if you are
requesting reimbursement for those items.
Note: If you are the travel coordinator or travel administrator, you must first select “Create a travel
reimbursement” then enter the traveler’s id to access the travel reimbursement form.
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1. Travel Info (Required)
A. Name, ID, and Address: These sections will auto-populate from the Banner database. The
address must be a vendor payment (VP) address.
B. Non Resident Alien: The default is No. Select Yes if the traveler is a non-resident alien.
- A Yes selection indicates the traveler is a non-resident alien, performed services for the
university in the US, and is being reimbursed for travel expenses only.
o Be sure to get a copy of the traveler’s I-94 and attach to the completed
reimbursement request.
- If the traveler is receiving an Honorarium for services, DO NOT use the TRES form. Contact
your Business Center to assist you with a Personal Services Contract.
C. Travel Certifier [Traveler/Travel Coordinator Only]: Select the department’s Travel Coordinator or
the Business Center’s Travel Administrator from the drop down list.
D. Trip Identifier (maximum of 15 alpha/numeric characters): Enter the destination and date.
- The trip identifier should follow this format: Destination City Initial Date of Travel (e.g.
LasVegas010311).
- This field will be mapped to the Banner Vendor Invoice Number.
E. Trip Description (maximum of 50 alpha/numeric characters): Enter a more detailed description of
the trip (e.g. Training for OSU Finance Represent Conference) to further identify the expenses for
reporting.
- This field will be mapped to the Banner Invoice Commodity Description.
F. Business Purpose/Notes (maximum of 250 alpha/numeric characters): Enter the business
purpose for the travel in detail; include the nature/name of the research, conference, or class,
and any special circumstances. Use the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).
- Indicate in this field if the traveler received a travel advance; include the I-Doc number from
the advance and the amount.
- This field will be mapped to Banner FOATEXT.
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The following categories should serve as Business Purpose guidelines:
1. Recruiting for students.
2. Recruiting for employees – teaching/research faculty as well as other employee recruiting activities.
3. Faculty presentations for P&T (Promotion and Tenure) – attendance at conferences where faculty
present papers.
4. Professional development – attendance at conferences where the purpose is skills and knowledge
building, not where papers are presented by the traveler.
5. Cost share – requirements of cost share agreements related to grants and contracts.
6. Instructional travel – study abroad programs or other instructional travel programs for students.
7. Development – visits to foundations, individuals, corporations, and agencies regarding philanthropic
efforts.
8. Collaboration – visits to government leaders or agencies and participation in meetings of
professional organization and societies that create opportunities for funded research, teaching, and
service, or that strategically advance the interests of the university.
9. Contractual obligations – fulfilling the duties of national offices and boards in professional societies
and the normal expectations of academic and non-academic grants and contracts.
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2. Itinerary (Optional)
This section will be
filled in when
“Populate Itinerary”
is selected.
Additional changes
can be made.
A. Depart Time/Return Time: Select times from the drop down lists. Times are shown in half hour
increments.
- The times selected will determine which meals are reimbursable on the travel days.
B. Dates: Enter the date of departure and the first destination in the first line; subsequent dates and
destinations (if needed) should be entered on the following lines.
Note: Dates cannot overlap.
C. City: Enter the destination city.
- The List Locations button provides a list of specific cities in some states that are considered
“High Locales” by the federal government.
o The city must be entered exactly as it is on the table for the per diem to calculate
correctly (e.g. Anchorage [Incl Nav Res]).
o If the city traveled to is in a high rate county, but not listed as a high locale city, use
the corresponding high rate city and indicating in the notes the actual city.
- If the city is not listed, enter the city that was indicated on the traveler’s documentation. The
correct per diem for that city will populate according to the current rate that is indicated in
TRES Per Diem Table.
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D. State abbr/Country: Enter the two character state abbreviation for domestic travel; for foreign
travel be sure to spell out the country names (e.g. Canada instead of BC, England instead of UK).
Note: The state abbreviation or country spelling must match for the per diem rates to populate.
E. Inc. Meals: If you are claiming meals, leave the box checked; if not, uncheck the box.
- If a meal is provided with a conference or seminar, delete the amount in the appropriate field
for that meal in the populated itinerary section.
- See FIS 411-04: Meals for information on claiming actual expenses for meals.
Note: The meal and incidental (M&IE) per diem will populate for each day of travel based on the
location the traveler spent the night. The per diem amount includes costs that are incidental to
the traveler, such as laundry fees and gratuities.
F. Hotel Rate: See FIS 411-03: Lodging for additional details on hotel rate.
- If claiming per diem, leave this field blank. No further action is required.
- If claiming actual costs less than per diem, enter the total charged per night for the room in
this field.
o Enter the lodging tax separately in the “Other Expenses” section as Lodging Tax.
- If claiming over per diem, leave the field blank. TRES will populate the per diem amount
allowed for the location selected.
o Taxes for lodging will be reimbursed; any other costs over per diem will not be
reimbursed unless the travel was for a conference.
 Add the lodging tax to the “Other Expenses” section as Lodging Tax.
 If travel was for a conference, add the remainder of the overage amount in the
“Other Expenses” section as Other – Explain. Be sure to add notes to the
expense line.
Note: If needed, add additional City Lines and populate the information as described above. Only add
city lines for cities the traveler spent the night in; it is not necessary to list every city visited, just the
overnight city. Information about meetings, etc. should be in the business purpose field.
G. Populate Itinerary: Click this button to populate the form below with meals and lodging. Delete
out any meals or lodging you are not claiming.
- Add Itinerary Lines if needed.
H. Calculate Total (at the bottom of the form): After completing the itinerary section, click to recalculate totals.
- Review any errors or notes displayed at the bottom of the page.
- Zeroes will be populated automatically in the fields where amounts were deleted.
Note: Each time you click calculate total, the form is saved.
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3. Private Auto Mileage (Optional)
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
From Date/To Date: Enter dates in “MM/DD/YY” format. The To Date field is optional.
From City/From State: Enter the city and state of the location traveling from.
Dest City/Dest State: Enter the destination city and state.
Total Miles: If left blank, miles will be calculated based on the Oregon standard city mileage
tables. The city and state spelling must match table values for total miles to calculate. For travel
in any other state, you must enter the total miles traveled.
- If you enter a total miles amount that exceeds the Oregon standard city mileage tables, a
note will be displayed at the top of the page. Either change the amount to the table rate or
provide an explanation in the notes column.
- For mileage over the Oregon standard city mileage table amounts or travel in another state,
attach documentation from an online map program for verification of distance traveled.
Rnd Tp: If checked, total miles will be double the Oregon standard mileage tables.
Note: Only use this check box in conjunction with the Oregon standard city mileage tables.
Notes: Notes are optional. Notes can be used to enter destination details or to explain any
excess over the Oregon standard city mileage tables.
Add Mileage Lines: Click this button if additional lines are needed.
Calculate Total (at the bottom of the form): Click to re-calculate totals and review any errors or
notes displayed.
Note: TRES will calculate the correct amount based on the total miles and the current IRS mileage
reimbursement rate for personal vehicles.
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4. Airfare (Optional)
Note: This section should only be completed if the airfare was purchased by the traveler and not
through one of the OSU contracted travel agents. Airfare purchased through an OSU contracted travel
agent is paid directly by OSU.
Travelers that pay for airfare out of pocket will not be reimbursed until after travel is complete. If the
trip is cancelled, the traveler will NOT be reimbursed. In addition, the traveler must provide a quote
from the OSU contracted travel agent to prove the amount they paid out of pocket was less than the
vendor cost. See FIS 411-01 Air Transportation for more information.
A.
B.
C.
D.
From Date/To Date: Enter dates in “MM/DD/YY” format. The To Date field is optional.
From Loc: Enter the city of the location traveling from.
Dest Loc: Enter the destination city.
Notes: Notes are options. Notes can be used to explain unusually high airfare or additional fees
such as excess baggage or change fees.
E. Amt: Enter the amount of the airfare.
F. Add Airfare Lines: Click to add additional lines in needed.
G. Calculate Total (at the bottom of the form): Click to re-calculate totals and review any errors or
notes displayed.
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5. Other Expenses (Optional)
A. Type: Select the type of expense from the drop down list.
B. From Date: Enter the date the expense started or was incurred in “MM/DD/YY” format.
C. To Date: To date is required for certain expenses, such as parking fees and lodging tax. Enter in
“MM/DD/YY” format.
Note: To date is not required for one-time expenses (e.g. Phone – Business).
D. Notes: Notes are optional unless the type of expense indicates that an explanation is required
(e.g. Other – Explain).
E. Amount: Enter the amount for the expense.
F. Add Expense Lines: Click to add additional lines as needed.
G. Calculate Total (at the bottom of the form): Click to re-calculate totals and review any errors or
notes displayed.
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6. Accounting (Required)
Note: Always enter the accounting information last.
A. Enter the index, account code (Acct), and, if needed, activity code (Actv) for the travel expenses
(Amount). The fund and org codes will automatically populate when the form is saved.
- See OUS FASOM – Chapter 2 Account Codes to find the appropriate code for the expenses.
- If using more than one index, enter the amount for each index on separate lines. The total of
the accounting amounts must add up to the total reimbursement. The total reimbursement
is either the Grand Total or the Claiming Only Total if claiming less that the total expense.
B. If applicable, enter the Fund and GL account code for travel advance settlement. Be sure to
enter a negative amount for the travel advance.
- The claiming only total field must be populated with the correct reimbursement amount (the
grand total minus the travel advance) for the form to calculate correctly.
C. Add accounting lines: Click to add additional lines as needed.
D. Trans Date: The date displayed defaults to the date the form is created and will be the
transaction date in Banner.
- The date can be set to a past date for posting travel expenses in a previous month if the
period is still open, otherwise the date must be in the current month.
- The date cannot be changed to a future date.
E. Calculate Total: Click to re-calculate the total and review any errors or notes displayed.
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7. Grand Total (Required)
Travelers and Travel Coordinators:
A. Grand Total: This number is calculated based on the sum of the total for each section.
B. Claiming Only Total: This field is optional. If the traveler is claiming less that the total amount, or
only a portion of the trip, enter the amount in the Claiming Only field.
- If the traveler received a travel advance, the claiming only total field must show the grand
total minus the advance for the form to calculate correctly.
C. Print Preview: Click to create a printable document for review and records. TRES will assign a
unique identifier, the T-document (T-Doc) number, for the record. This number is used for
tracking the document in the department.
Note: Print the T-Doc if your department procedures require approval from budgetary authority
before a Banner invoice document (I-Doc) can be created. The document must be printed before
submitting for approval.
D. Submit for Approval: Click to forward the document to the Travel Administrator.
- Once the document is submitted, the traveler is no longer able to edit the form.
- Submitting will create the T-Doc number if print preview was not selected.
Travel Administrators:
A. Grand Total: This number is calculated based on the sum of the total for each section.
B. Claiming Only Total: This field is optional. If the traveler is claiming less that the total amount, or
only a portion of the trip, enter the amount in the Claiming Only field.
C. Print Preview: Click to review the form and print the T-Doc for your records and any necessary
approvals. This can be used as a reference if the T-Doc or I-Doc is not approved.
- Be sure the T-Doc created in TRES is correct before creating the Banner Invoice (I-Doc).
D. Create Invoice: After reviewing the T-Doc, click to create the invoice number (I-Doc) for the travel
document, and mark the Banner Invoice as complete.
- The document can also be printed at this time.
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Final Steps
Once the invoice is created, the document in TRES cannot be edited by the Travel Administrator. The
Travel Administrator may review the I-Doc by selecting “Review Completed Reimbursement Documents”
in TRES.
Print out the I-Doc for your records and signatures. If you obtained signatures on the T-Doc, it is
acceptable to write the Banner I-Doc on top of the T-Doc; there is no need to submit both printouts.
Note: Signatures from both the traveler and authorized personnel for travel expenditures are required
on the I-Doc or T-Doc before submitting the document and all back-up documentation to the Business
Center.
To correct information in the I-Doc, complete the following steps:
1. Disapprove the Banner I-Doc using FOADOCU
2. Cross out the incorrect entries on the printed TRES document (the T-Doc or I-Doc) and enter
corrections.
3. Make the correcting in the Banner I-Doc to match the TRES document and recomplete the
invoice in Banner.
Forward the printed Travel Reimbursement Request and all supporting receipts to the Business Center.
Questions?
Contact OSU Business Affairs
541-737-4262 or BAFF.Accounting@oregonstate.edu
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Appendix A: Resources
Travel Policy – FIS Manual Section 411:
http://oregonstate.edu/fa/manuals/fis/411
OUS Travel Policy:
http://www.ous.edu/dept/cont-div/fpm/trav-95-100
Business Center Resources – Forms, Policies, Training, and Frequently Asked Questions:
http://oregonstate.edu/fa/businessaffairs/bcr
Business Affairs Accounts Payable and Travel Page:
http://oregonstate.edu/fa/businessaffairs/staff/ap
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Appendix B: Common TRES Errors
High Per Diem County
If the traveler stayed in a city within a high per diem county, but not the actual city listed on the table,
TRES will not calculate the correct per diem. The current work around it to note the actual location in
the Business Purpose/Notes field and enter the city listed in the table on the Itinerary section.
Text Character Limit
TRES only allows 2000 characters in the Business Purpose/Notes field. If you exceed this limit, you will
not be able to submit the TRES form.
Unable to Print
When you are ready to print the T-document, it will open as a new window. If you have a pop-up
blocker turned on, the document will not open. Either turn off the pop-up blocker or temporarily allow
pop-ups to print the T-document.
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