Emory account administrators, rejoice: The University controller’s
office has launched Web Report Viewer (WRV), which allows administrators
to view their monthly financial accounting system (FAS) reports
online and at great speed, simply by logging on to the Division
of Finance website.
WRV is the product of a joint effort between the controller’s
office and the Information Technology Division. According to the
former, approximately 17 percent of FAS administrators are using
the system, and feedback has been positive.
“We are excited to offer this reporting solution to our account
administrators,” said University Controller Martha McDonald.
“Our goal was to provide more timely reports and to relieve
them of record retention responsibility. Account administrators
now can view their reports on the third business day of the month
and can be relieved of the burden associated with paper distribution
“We are pleased with the satisfaction of the current users
of WRV and want all account administrators to be aware of this product,”
McDonald said. “It seems to be one of the best-kept secrets
of the finance office, and we are hoping to change that—so
everyone can enjoy the benefits.”
Paper reports sometimes are not received via campus mail by FAS
administrators until several days after the monthly close, whereas
WRV reports will be completed by the month’s third business
day. Additionally, administrators need not print out the report
unless they want to; reports will be saved within the system for
five years, eliminating the need to store large amounts of paper.
Training for WRV is available through the controller’s office.
Each 45-minute session covers material such as obtaining access,
using WRV tools and addressing user-specific questions.
“This is a great opportunity to prepare for [fiscal] year-end
close and ease the workflow for your staff during that time of year,”
said Beverly Payne, financial analyst and lead WRV trainer. “We
hope account administrators and their staffs who are not currently
WRV users will join us for training sessions, as we are confident
they will enjoy the benefits offered by this service.
For access to WRV, account administrators should send e-mail to
Matt Carpenter in the controller’s office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with their network user ID, or call 404-727-6080 to request a signup
Support questions, or requests to discontinue paper FAS reports,
should also be directed to the controller’s office.