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SWIFT Update December 20, 2018


Budget Update: Non-Federal Appropriations

The budget authority option for all Budget Period 2018 non-federal appropriations that were granted cash flow assistance was changed from “G” (obligate and spend the greater of actual or estimated receipts) to “E” (authority to obligate estimated receipts and spend only actual receipts) on Wednesday, December 19th.

Help Desk Topic: PO Buyer is out of the office

Help Desk Hot Topics feature Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) answered by the SWIFT Help Desk. Use these as a friendly reminder of a process or as an opportunity to learn something new!

Q: The buyer on the purchase order (PO) is out of the office, but the PO requires a change. What can an agency do to make this change and approve the PO?
A:  SWIFT requires a change order on the PO to update the buyer and make the necessary changes.
Here are the steps to create a change order and make the updates.

IMPORTANT! If you do not follow the steps in this order, you will not be able to change the buyer.
  • Step 1: Access the PO in SWIFT.
  • Step 2: Click the Change Order icon on the PO Header.
  • Step 3: Make sure to update the Buyer field first.
  • Step 4: Click Save. You may get a message that the defaults will switch to those of the updated buyer. Click OK to change the buyer. You will also be changing the Location, if different than your default, which affects the tax rate. Click Cancel to update the buyer, but leave the defaults and Location as previously set up.
  • Step 5: Update the necessary fields on the PO.
  • Step 6: Click Save. Depending on the change (such as increasing the amount), SWIFT may restart the workflow. Depending on the change, it may require a Budget Check and an Approval.
  • Step 7: Dispatch the PO.
  • Step 8: Click the View Approval links at bottom of PO page to verify that it routed to the new buyer correctly.
For additional information about updating the buyer on a purchase order, both planned or in case of an absence, see the Set up Temporary Approvers for Purchase Orders reference guide.

SWIFT Help Desk

Contact the SWIFT Help Desk for any questions, concerns or issues you have with SWIFT:
651-201-8100, option 2 or by email

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed holidays.

When emailing the SWIFT Help Desk, be sure to include all details regarding the issue. Information to include with your message:

  • Issue Description
  • Business Unit
  • Module (Accounts Payable, Purchase Orders, etc.)
  • Transaction ID (Voucher ID, PO ID, etc.)
  • Error Message Print Screen

Additional assistance can be found on the SWIFT Reference Guide page.

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