Latest update includes:

Fringe Benefit, Payroll Tax, Indirect Cost Charges for Accounting Period 3
The fringe benefit, payroll tax and indirect cost chargebacks for Accounting Period 3, (September), FY2018, will run this Saturday, October 7. All eligible expenditures processed during Accounting Period 3 will be subject to these assessments

Departments should ensure that the budget structure tables for appropriated (payroll tax only) federal grants and other non-budgetary accounts are properly established so these charges post without rejecting under object codes D09 (fringe benefits and payroll taxes) and E16 (indirect costs).

Close/Open Key Dates   October 7 – 14
October 7, Saturday

  • Run Fringe Benefit, Payroll Tax, Indirect Cost Charges for Accounting Period 3.

October 13, Friday

  • Higher Education audited financial statements and related EXCEL spreadsheets in final form due.
  • Component Unit Financial Statements due.

MMARS Saturday and Holiday Schedule
MMARS and LCM will be available Saturday, October 7, from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

MMARS and LCM will be available on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, from 7 A.M. - 7 P.M. but no financial cycles will be run.

The Help Desk will not be staffed either day, and any Help Desk calls will be returned on Tuesday, October 10.

Weekly Fraud Fact– Artificial Intelligence has made Guessing your Password Easier
The credit reporting agency Equifax announced that malicious hackers had leaked the personal information of 143 million people in their system. That’s reason for concern, of course, but if a hacker wants to access your online data by simply guessing your password, it might be accomplished in less than an hour.

Now, there’s more bad news: Scientists have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to create a program that, combined with existing tools, figured more than a quarter of the passwords from a set of more than 43 million LinkedIn profiles. Yet the researchers say the technology may also be used to beat fraud perpetrators at their own game. Read the full article.

Fraud awareness and prevention is the responsibility of all Commonwealth employees. For additional information, please refer to Toolkit for Departments to Combat Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.

The Office of the Comptroller offers Fraud Awareness and Prevention training for all Commonwealth employees. Please view the current training sessions and meetings calendar for a schedule of our trainings, and register for class via our Online Form. To schedule department-specific training, please contact Comptroller’s Help Desk at (617) 973-2468 or via email at Comptroller.Info@State.MA.US.

To report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse contact one of the Commonwealth’s Whistleblower Hotlines.

HR/CMS Drop-In Sessions
Feeling like you need some assistance with HR/CMS? Join HRD for the October HR/CMS drop-in sessions. The sessions will be informal. HRD staff will be available to go over HR or Time & Attendance questions and provide one-on-one assistance with HR/CMS transactions. The next drop-in sessions will be held on Wednesday 10/25, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at One Ashburton Place, 10th Floor HRD PC Lab.

Upcoming Training Sessions and Meetings

  • Introduction to State Finance and MMARS Navigation - Tuesday, October 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Webcast Accounts Receivable for Beginners – Tuesday, October 10, 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M., Online Training
  • Appropriation Management –Thursday, October 12, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • CIW Report Building with Access - Monday, October 16, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Intermediate Warehouse – Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Foundations of Payroll – Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Establishing a Federal Grant –Thursday, October 19, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Webcast Vendor/Customer Management - Monday, October 23, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Online Training
  • Encumbrance Management - Tuesday, October 24, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Payment Management - Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Fraud Prevention/Risk Management/Internal Control –Thursday, October 26, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room
  • Internal Control Workshop –Thursday, October 26, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., One Ashburton Place, Boston, 9th Floor Training Room

Due to technical difficulties, the Training and Registration Page is not available at this time. Please register for class on our Online Form. Please view the current training sessions and meetings calendar for a schedule of our trainings.