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    Payment Requests

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    Policy Summary

    This policy provides guidelines for reimbursements to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) employees and/or payments to vendors/other payees using the Payment Request process.

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Any Berkeley Lab employee seeking payment through the Payment Request process.

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    Contact Information

    Accounts Payable Manager


    Payment Requests

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    A. Purpose

    This policy provides guidelines for reimbursements to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) employees and/or payments to vendors or other payees using the Payment Request process.

    B. Persons Affected

    Any Berkeley Lab employee seeking payment through the Payment Request process.

    C. Exceptions

    A request for an exception to this policy requires, at minimum, approval by the Controller's Office, Manager of Disbursement Services.

    D. Policy Statement

    1. General
      1. The starting point for any purchase of a good or service is always the Berkeley Lab Procurement website. The Procurement Department website outlines the channels for procuring goods and services through eBuy, PCard, and ePro requisition.
      2. The Payment Request process should be used only when it is determined that an established procurement channel is not appropriate or feasible.
      3. Payments made through the Payment Request process must adhere to the Laboratory's Cost Allowability policy.
      4. In addition, purchases made and submitted for reimbursement through the Payment Request process must comply with Procurement restrictions regarding:
        1. Employee-Vendor/Personal Conflict of Interest
        2. Restricted Items List
      5. In submitting and approving a Payment Request, Laboratory personnel are taking responsibility for ensuring the above requirements and restrictions have been met.
      6. The following list includes examples of payments or reimbursements for which the use of the Payment Request process is generally appropriate; however, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list.



        All Laboratory divisions/departments

        • Books and journals, when payment is required at the point of sale (e.g., at a conference location)1
        • Copyright fees
        • Event costs2
        • Event registration fees2
        • Fellowships2
        • Food service, including working meals and event meals2
        • Honoraria2
        • Professional memberships, when the requester must log into an online account to make the payment1
        • Publishing fees
        • Training

        Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

        • Local lodging/direct bill2
        • Payments to a University of California (UC) entity that is not for reimbursement of goods or services, e.g., UCOP cost allocation

        Human Resources (HR)

        • UC benefits

        Innovation & Partnerships Office (IPO)

        • Attorney fees
        • Royalty distribution

        International Researchers and Scholars Office (IRSO)

        • Passport and Visa fees

        Office of Laboratory Counsel

        • Attorney fees and settlements

        1The primary payment mechanism should be the division or Procurement Service Center PCard or an ePro requisition.

        2Payments must comply with applicable policies found in the RPM:

        3 DOE approval may be required prior to payment.

    2. Payment Request Requirements
      1. The Financial Management System (FMS) will be used for submission of Payment Requests. Certain Payment Request transactions can be processed through other mechanisms.
      2. Payment Requests must not include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on the request. PII includes:
        1.  Social Security numbers
        2.  Financial account numbers (e.g., checking account)
        3. Driver's license number
      3. Sufficient documentation must be submitted to support the request. Documentation is considered sufficient when it includes:
        1.  Vendor/payee name and remittance address.
        2.  Bill to name of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory when payment is to a vendor.
        3.  Item description, quantity, and price.
        4. Other costs such as shipping or sales tax (if applicable).
        5. Payment method; proof of payment in the case of a reimbursement request.
      4. There are additional documentation requirements for certain transactions. For additional information, see:
      5. Incomplete Payment Requests or the use of a manual form may result in the Payment Request being returned to the requester.
    3. Payment Request Approvals
      1. The Payment Request approver must have taken the required OCFO online Approving Financial Transactions course and be included in the Laboratory's Signature Authorization System (SAS).
      2. The Payment Request approver cannot be the same individual as the payee.
      3. Payments related to joint arrangements/multiparticipant projects that exceed $25,000 also require the Chief Procurement Officer and the Controller's approval.
    4. Required Tax Forms
      1. Prior to issuing Payment Request payments, the Accounts Payable Department must have tax reporting information on file for a non-employee reimbursement payee. The following forms are required, and payment will be delayed until they are received:
        1. For Domestic individuals/suppliers, IRS W9 and Direct Deposit/ACH form for U.S. banks.
        2. For Foreign individuals/suppliers, Berkeley Lab W-8BEN (individual), IRS W-8BEN-E (foreign company) and Wire Transfer form (non-U.S. banks).
    5. Delays or Denial of Reimbursement
      1. If a Berkeley Lab employee without delegated procurement authority made a commitment to acquire goods or services from a vendor and requests the Laboratory to make a direct payment to the vendor, such requests may need to be processed as an unauthorized commitment. If that occurs, the commitment must be ratified by the Laboratory's Procurement & Property Manager and possibly the CFO with submission of an ePro requisition and completion of the unauthorized commitment forms. The employee may be subject to disciplinary action for any unauthorized commitments. More information about unauthorized commitments can be found in Section D.1.7 of the Acquisition of Goods and Services policy.
      2. If a Laboratory employee uses personal funds or credit cards to pay for a purchase, reimbursement may be denied if the purchase is deemed an inappropriate purchase in accordance with Laboratory policy or the Laboratory's DOE contract.
      3. Information about the Laboratory's FMS Payment Request, including user guides and training materials, can be found on the Accounts Payable website, Payment Request Center

    E. Roles and Responsibilities




    • Reviews the Payment Request policy to determine if the transaction qualifies for payment using the Payment Request process.
    • Ensures the cost complies with the Laboratory Cost Allowability policy and Procurement restrictions for employee-vendor/personal conflict of interest and restricted items.
    • Completes the Payment Request submission process, including the appropriate approvals and sufficient documentation is included.

    Accounts Payable

    • Reviews the Payment Request data and supporting documentation to ensure compliance with this policy.
    • Obtains vendor payee tax information, if warranted.
    • Obtains OCFO approvals, as appropriate.
    • Prepares payment.

    F. Definitions/Acronyms




    Berkeley Lab's online ordering system for purchasing common office, lab, and computer supplies. eBuy allows Berkeley Lab personnel to purchase items directly from a supplier's catalog.

    Conflict of Interest

    Contract 31, Clause I.110, Organizational Conflicts of Interest, ensures that Berkeley Lab (including Laboratory employees) is not biased because of financial, contractual, organizational, or other interests that relate to the work under the Laboratory's DOE Prime Contract, and that there is no unfair competitive advantage over other parties due to the performance under the Contract.

    Division PCard

    A Berkeley Lab-issued credit card that allows authorized employees to make business-related purchases for low-value, standard off-the-shelf items and services that are not available from eBuy and that do not require a purchase order or special approval.

    ePro (eProcurement)

    The institutional online ordering/procurement system used to purchase goods and services that are not available on eBuy or cannot be purchased with a PCard.

    Restricted Item

    An item that either is prohibited or needs special approvals or handling.

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    Documentation is subject to audit and must be retained per Berkeley Lab archiving policies, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Contract 31.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document Number



    Cost Allowability


    Employee-Vendor/Personal Conflict of Interest List


    Restricted Items List


    Procurement Standard Practices 1.3, Ratification of Unauthorized Commitments


    Non-Employee Payments (Affiliates and/or Visitors)


    Events and Meals Policy


    Accounts Payable website


    Signature Authority Guidelines


    I. Contact Information

    Accounts Payable Manager

    J. Revision History



    By Whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) Affected

    Change Type

    6/15/2023 1.4 Oberholser Periodic Review: minor clarifications of existing policy All Minor




    Update to reflect transistion from eRFIC to Payment Request; Update Policy Name






    Updated to link to current Laboratory procurement purchasing guidelines and related policies






    Review completed 3/1/13, no changes

    Pub & Next Review dates





    Reformat for wiki





    Payment Requests

    Document number

    Revision number


    Publication date:


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    Policy Area:


    RPM Section (home)

    Financial Management

    RPM Section (cross-reference)


    Functional Division


    Prior reference information (optional)

    RPM, Chapter 11, Section 11.50

    Source Requirements Documents

    Other Driving Requirements

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    Cost Allowability Policy


    Events and Meals Policy

    Policy Travel Policy Policy Non-Employee Payments (Affiliates and/or Visitors) Policy


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