Accounts are identified using project, task, and award (PTA) numbers. The PTA Manager system enables schools and departments to request, approve, and track non-sponsored and miscellaneous accounts receivable accounts. PTA Maintenance, a subcomponent of PTA Manager, allows schools and departments to update PTA attributes for existing accounts.
Sponsored research accounts are initiated using the Stanford Electronic Research Administration (SeRA) system.
Learn about helpful PTA Maintenance Enhancements implemented July 2022.
PTA Manager is an online, easy-to-use tool that enables schools and departments to request, approve, and track accounts (PTAs).
Features and benefits include:
- Automated Workflow Routing
Routes PTA requests through one or multiple approver(s) and FYI contacts and notifies the appropriate fund accountant when the request is ready for processing.
Provides visibility into the status of each PTA request and the individuals participating in the workflow (requestor, approver, and fund accounting).
Utilizes system controls to ensure data entered by campus users and central administration is accurate.
- Documentation Repository
Maintains uploaded donor documents that can be easily accessed for review.
PTA Manager is integrated with the Gift Transmittal system. When a gift requires a new fund or PTA, Gift Transmittal will send an email notification to the designated department administrator with instructions to log in to PTA Manager and complete the PTA setup. To learn more, refer to Gift Transmittals.
PTA Maintenance is a subcomponent of PTA Manager used by schools and departments to update PTA attributes for existing PTAs.
Features and benefits include:
The At a Glance summary page enables users to drill into the exact PTA segments which require action. PTA Maintenance allows users to view all scheduled update transactions, completed update transactions, and the attribute update history of specific PTAs.
Utilizes system controls to ensure data entered by campus users and central administration is accurate and complete.
Attribute changes can be scheduled to take place either immediately or on a future date.
- Time Savings
Mass updates of multiple PTAs can be made with a single transaction.
- System Alerts
System-generated emails alert users when manager and owner values become invalid, when updates take effect, and when PTA segments need to be reassigned from a parent org to a child org (orgs must be assigned at the lowest level possible).
Departments are responsible for granting and updating authority privileges. Budget Unit Financial Officers can grant PTA Manager and PTA Maintenance authority privileges (summarized in following table) using Authority Manager. The role and associated privileges you are assigned in Authority Manager determine the tasks you can perform in PTA Manager and PTA Maintenance. Note: In PTA Manager and PTA Maintenance, you will have access to accounts (PTAs) as defined in your OBI Financial Reporting authority.
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SU PTA Manager Requester Non-Sponsored
If you are responsible for requesting PTAs, you will need SU PTA Manager Requester Non-Sponsored authority. This role allows you to request new PTA accounts, upload documents, designate approval routings and track PTA setup progress. Using this role you can also add new project(s) and/or task(s) to existing accounts.
SU PTA Maintenance
If you are required to update PTA attributes "owned" at the school or department levels, you will need SU PTA Maintenance authority.
SU PTA Manager Approver Non-Sponsored
If you are responsible for review and approval of PTA requests, you will need SU PTA Manager Approver Non-Sponsored authority. PTA Manager Approver authority allows the same capabilities as PTA User authority, along with the ability to electronically approve or return PTA requests to the initiator.
SU PTA Maintenance (Limited)
If you only need to maintain Manager and Email Distribution Flag values at the department level, you will need SU PTA Maintenance (Limited) authority.
SU PTA Manager View Non-Sponsored
This role allows those individuals who do not request or approve PTAs, the ability to view and/or obtain status of requests submitted for their department. SU PTA Manager View Non-Sponsored authority is required.
To identify individuals with PTA Manager or PTA Maintenance authority, including individuals that are able to grant authority, refer to How To: Find Individuals with Authority for PTA Manager or PTA Maintenance. If you have questions about individual assignments, please contact your school or department budget unit financial officer.
Training is required for new PTA Manager and PTA Maintenance users and approvers. See the following Learning section.
The PTA Manager and PTA Maintenance learning program is designed for Stanford staff responsible for requesting, approving new account (PTA) requests, and maintaining PTAs. Acquiring the skills necessary for using PTA Manager and PTA Maintenance starts by completing training.
PTA Manager User and Approver Learning Path
Prior to enrolling in PTA Manager training, you must complete prerequisite courses. Click the course overview page below to view all courses included in the learning path.
PTA Maintenance User Learning Path
Prior to enrolling in PTA Maintenance training, you must complete prerequisite courses. Click the course overview page below to view all courses included in the learning path.
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- Project, Task, and Award Attributes Job Aid - A document that provides a complete list of attributes associated with projects, tasks, and awards in Oracle Financials.
- University Org Code Hierarchy - A tool that provides a tree view of the organizational code hierarchy at Stanford University.
- Common Browser Issues and Resolutions
Viewing PTA Details
There are several inquiry and reporting tools that can be used to research PTA details. To learn more about researching PTA details using the Fund Title Query Tool and the OBI Reference Data and Inquiry Dashboard, refer to View PTA Details.
Financial Approval Authority Query
Use the Financial Approval Authority Query to find authorized approvers for a project, task, or an award. This is particularly useful to those verifying authority offline.
- Translate the approval authority entered in Authority Manager to how it is used in Oracle Financials.
- View scope, limit, and contact information for approvers.