Departments

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Finance Division supports the university mission by providing service excellence in managing the overall integrity of the university's fiscal activities.

Our leadership supports and leads dynamic teams in areas of accounting, financial reporting, student accounts, financial operations, data analysis, systems support, procurement, travel services, risk management, payroll, and tax reporting.

Office of the University Controller

The Office of the University Controller is responsible for the management, reporting, and analysis of the university's administrative financial operations.

The staff facilitates strong internal controls and good stewardship of university assets, provides accurate reporting and analysis to support strategic decision-making, and protects the university by ensuring compliance with regulatory, reporting, audit, and other external requirements.

Financial Reporting is dedicated to providing timely and accurate financial information for external reporting and analysis to support decision-making within the university.

The Fixed Assets ensures that the university’s physical assets are recorded and safeguarded in compliance with the university’s policies and third party requirements.

Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) is responsible for sound financial management of sponsored projects, including establishing and administering financial policies and procedures and coordinating the annual Single Audit.

The  Student Accounts Office is committed to providing excellent service to students throughout their educational experience at the George Washington University.

On our website you can find detailed information about your bill, learn about the variety of payment options, review tuition rates, or request an itemized statement for employer reimbursement.

The  Systems, Analytics and Insights Group (SAIG) is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the financial and operational systems on which the Finance Division and its customers rely for daily operations.

Using Business Intelligence and other Advanced Analytical capabilities, SAIG brings together multiple business processes and transactional systems to create a new organizational competency centered around leveraging information for decision-making.

The Tax Department is responsible for managing the university's tax risks and ensuring compliance with applicable tax authorities.

As a resource to the university community regarding university-related tax issues, it strives to deliver quality tax services including tax research, planning, and reporting.

The University Accounting Services mission is to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the accounting data in our Oracle financial system.

Responsibilities include the processing of departmental journal entries, wires, and remote check deposits; reconciling and analyzing balance sheet accounts; and filing both the District of Columbia and the Virginia Sales Tax returns. 

Procure-to-Pay

The unified Procure-to-Pay structure provides streamlined coordination and communication at every step of the procurement to payment and contract management processes.

Procurement is responsible for the university’s procurement of goods and services, offering multiple methods of purchasing items via the iBuy+ system, electronic requisition, or use of a P-Card, and for supplier registration and expense reimbursements.

The Payables staff are responsible for processing university payments to internal and external customers.

They establish processes and procedures to ensure the university meets its payment obligations in a timely fashion, and provide guidance and support for internal customers throughout the invoice and payment processing cycle.

The Payables team also partners with the Procurement, Supplier Maintenance, and the Tax Department staff to ensure the transactions are compliant with the university’s policies and other regulations.

GW Travel Services is the “go to” place for faculty, staff and students to access GW travel discounts including air, hotel and car rental for both business and leisure travel.

Financial Operations

Financial Operations includes management and oversight of Treasury Management and Risk Management.  

Treasury Management is responsible for the management of the university’s financial resources.

This includes investment of cash and the administration of debt to ensure resources are available to meet the operating and capital needs of the university  as well as management of the relationship with the outsourced investment manager.

The  Office of Risk Management provides the expertise necessary to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment where bodily injury and property damage risk are prevented or controlled and the potential liability from loss is adequately financed.

Their work includes identification and analysis of key risk exposures, recommendation of insurance coverage, and managing incident reporting.

 

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