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SUNY policy provides for the establishment of Income Fund Reimbursable (IFR) accounts to be managed within a Special Revenue Fund on each campus. The fund (the total of all accounts) must have a positive cash balance at all times. IFR's are self-supporting accounts that support activities related to campus' missions. These types of accounts have clear and defined income/expenditure relationships. Each IFR account must generate revenue sufficient to cover costs incurred and be managed to a positive cash position. A number of accounts generate revenue through contracts and other entities. In some cases these contracts require an initial outlay of funds before reimbursement can be requested. For these and other accounts with like circumstances where revenue follows expenditures, an accrual basis can be used to assure a break-even status at fiscal year-end.

Over the past several years, the Budget and Accounting Offices have advanced and documented a budget development process for Income Fund Reimbursable Accounts. This process assures a reasonable level of annual review of the past operating experience by account, and projects allocation requirements for the upcoming year. Any accounts with serious cash deficit balances will be structured to correct the negative cash conditions through the rate process, revenue and expenditure projections or allocation decisions within the following fiscal year. If a deficit is of a size that prohibits a solution through the traditional budgeting techniques, vice presidential area representatives must identify "other resources" that can be appropriately used to resolve the deficit. "Other resources" may include the VP area's state carry-forward surplus or if there is no carry-forward surplus or the surplus is insufficient, then the state allocation for the following fiscal year will be charged for the shortfall. Account deficits must be resolved in one year. The only exception to this policy concerns the management of service-related IFR accounts whose rates are reviewed every two years. If a deficit develops in such an account the elimination of that deficit must be addressed as part of the next rate development exercise. The revised rates in those accounts should be established to eliminate the existing deficit and prevent the development of a new deficit.

There are four types of Income Fund Reimbursable accounts:
1. General Income Fund Reimbursable
2. SUTRA Income Fund Reimbursable (State University Tuition Reimbursable Account.) These accounts were established to provide State University the ability to retain a limited amount of tuition revenue generated in excess of targeted levels and create entrepreneurial incentives for campuses to expand enrollment and programs.
3. Dormitory Income Fund Reimbursable (DIFR)
4. Hospital Income Fund Reimbursable (HIFR)



SUNY System Administration, based on the recommendation of the state University Business Officer Association (SUBOA), approved a new methodology for assessing Administrative Overhead and Maintenance and Operations charges to the IFR program starting July of 1999. This new methodology allows campuses to set their own rates and encourages campuses to maximize their IFR usage, expand their entrepreneurial activities while recovering the indirect costs associated with providing the various programs. Fringe benefits were not considered during the review.

Stony Brook University implemented an assessment against revenue remitted to the IFR account based on a current rate of 15% with limited waiver exceptions. The rate is to be deemed a combined rate including administrative and maintenance/operation costs. Previously the basis was on expenditures (Administrative Overhead (AOH) @ 5.93% and Maintenance and Operations (MO) @ 9.58% or 5.6% and 8.74% respectively on revenue for a combined rate of 14.34%).

The overhead assessment is designed to recover the indirect costs associated with the IFR programs for the following areas:  campus central administrative services, utilities, maintenance and operation costs, and a SUNY system administrative contribution. The overhead assessment is reviewed on a periodic basis in concert with the University’s budget process and consistent with management’s decision to facilitate t he entrepreneurial mission. The campus has elected to consider the combined assessments generated by the program in total when considering the anticipated recovery of the indirect cost.


 An account request form is submitted by the department to the Vice President Office for approval of the new program or activity. The Vice President’s Office approves the request and forwards the information to the Accounting Office. The Accounting Office will review the proposal, determine the appropriateness of the account, consider if the account involves a rate or is associated with a student charge. The Accounting Office will also identify the source and use of the funds to determine if any of the waivers indicated below apply. Once the appropriate approvals and documentation are established, the Accounting Office will request the creation of the account by SUNY system administration. Accounting will also request the appropriate waivers for the overhead assessment of the account if it is not the standard 15% rate.

Waivers for the 15% overhead rate are for the following categories:

51 Fiscal Pass Through or Control Accounts 0.0
52 Salary Offset – Research Foundation or any Federal Direct Funding 0.0
53 Service Center payment from RF any federal Direct Funding 0.0
54 Student Comprehensive Fee 12.0
55 Scholarship Support partial waiver for accounts that substantially support the scholarship activity at Stony Brook. 5.0


Petitions for only approved waiver codes will be considered. If a department feels that their account qualifies for a waiver based upon the university approved waivers and has not received this consideration, the department can petition the University Controller to review the account for final determination. Creation of a new category must be done in consultation with the Budget and Accounting Offices, approval for new waiver categories are subject to the University President’s approval.

The petition can be approved for the account or for individual transactions.

Petitions for waivers have been granted for accounts where the unit substantially pays for the items traditionally covered by the administrative overhead fee including grounds, electrical, snow removal, custodial, rent, facility improvements and maintenance.

Petitions for individual transactions have been granted where the transaction is a transfer from another Stony Brook entity and already assessed an administrative charge.

Petitions have also been approved where the entity paying the campus specifically disallows the assessment of the overhead via an approved contractual arrangement.  Departments are instructed to require the payment of the overhead, however there are extenuating circumstances where the administrative overhead can not be assessed.  The Accounting Office takes into account if the activity is going to be located off campus, is a one time event as well as the associated potential expenditures / effort in making the determination.