September 2013

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Procurement Services

Open Forums

You are invited to attend one of Procurement Services upcoming Open Forums. Two sessions will be held, one on each campus. Specific dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – MCV Campus, George Ben Johnston Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Monroe Park Campus, University Student Commons, Richmond Salon I - II from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Tentative room location may be subject to change. Please check updated location in next month’s newsletter).

Representatives from Procurement Services will be there to present various topics of interest. This is also an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask Procurement Services questions.

New Travel Management Services RFP

The new travel management services RFP was publicly posted on July 19, 2013 and is due on September 13, 2013. Progress on the procurement process will continue to be reported in the FA Newsletter. Please contact Mary Lou Bulger at or 8-0904 with any questions related to the new travel management services RFP.

Chrome River Analytics

Procurement Services is working with Technology Services to turn on Chrome River Analytics in the upcoming weeks. The tool will be available to a select group of users with fiscal responsibilities. Analytics offers twenty standard reports encompassing pre-approval tracking, expense analysis, and open approvals, with the ability to build custom reports. Please look out for communication in September regarding access.

For technical questions on Chrome River, please call Katie Kelly at 8-1078 or email

Procurement Services Classes

Procurement Services offers many different classroom and online training opportunities. A full list and brief description of each class can be found on the Procurement Services website under Training and Support Services.

To register for available classroom classes, go to Choose “Office of Procurement Services” under “Sponsor”. Select the appropriate class and follow the instructions to register. Please note: Registrants are encouraged to keep an eye on their e-mail in the week preceding a class. Low registration numbers will result in a class cancellation.

To access classes available on Blackboard, go to using your VCU eID and password and click on the “Courses” tab in the top row. Search by the class title.

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ePrint Budget Reports

FGRBDSC and FGRODTA reports are now available on e~Print at

As you review the reports you may have questions concerning the data contained within them. Please briefly outline your questions on a Financial Inquiry and forward directly to the appropriate department via e-mail, fax, or campus mail. Remember that you can check the status of deposits or disbursements through the on-line inquiry screens.

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