In keeping with UI President James Stukel's objective of streamlining methods of doing business and reducing the bureaucratic paper flow universitywide, the UI's offices of Business Affairs are expanding the use of electronic technologies. The effort to make electronically accessible business documents available for use by UI employees has been led by Craig Bazzani and Richard Margison, vice president and associate vice president, respectively, for business and finance. Through their support and encouragement, much of what UI employees might want to know about campus business and financial policies and practices is available on the Internet's World Wide Web. One of the latest additions to the effort is the development of an on-line version of the new Business and Financial Policies and Procedures manual. "This reviewed, reorganized and updated version of the manual is the result of a tremendous effort by all the campus offices of Business Affairs to provide a more current and user-friendly document," said Janier Koss, assistant director in the University Office of Business and Financial Affairs and coordinator of the project. "A new printed copy of the manual was distributed in October, but we expect the on-line version to eventually become the preferred way to refer to the manual. That's mainly because it will be the most updated source and users can benefit from electronic search capabilities." The manual's Web location is: http://www.uiuc.edu/providers/oba/bfpp. It also can be accessed from the UI home page (http://www.uiuc.edu) under Administrative and Support Services, Campus Policy and Procedures Manuals. For more information, contact Katharine Kral at 333-8024 or email@example.com. *************************************** Business and Financial Affairs has expanded its Business Travel Guide for UI Employees to better assist faculty and staff members in planning in-state, out-of-state and international business trips. "The objective of this project is twofold," said project coordinator Marietta Walton. "It offers a quick and easy reference to travel reimbursement rates and travel policies and procedures, and provides practical information for university business trip planning. When planning a business trip, an employee can now access with a few clicks of the mouse all the information she or he needs, ranging from transportation, lodging or insurance to distance between two locations anywhere in the U.S., detailed information on communities worldwide or electronic currency converters." To ensure the effectiveness of this resource, user input is especially important, Walton said. "We have published what we believe are the basics of business travel planning and have tailored that information to UI employees' needs," she said. "But now we want the users to let us know if this travel guide is serving its purpose. In the guide's 'News You Can Use' bulletin, users are invited to submit questions, comments or suggestions to help make this a more useful tool." The guide's Web location is: http://www.uiuc.edu/providers/oba/acct/travel. For more information, contact Walton at 244-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ******************************************* Links to the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures manual and Business Travel Guide also can be found in the UIUC Office of Business Affairs Home Page. This home page includes business documents from the offices of Grants and Contracts, Purchasing Division, and Accounting Division. Employees can access a series of documents including OBA Contracts Procedures manual, list of viable minority and female business enterprise suppliers, list of suppliers discounts, annual operational information package, or NSF grant general conditions. "It is our goal to continue developing our home page and make the electronic environment a new tool for accomplishing our mission of providing quality business and financial services to the university community and external clients," said Katharine Kral, director for business and financial operations. "In the near future, we will publish a UFAS reference guide with information on object codes and useful links to detailed descriptions as presented in the code book." The Web location of the OBA home page is: http://www.uiuc.edu.providers/oba. The page also can be accessed from the UI home page via the path: Administrative and Support Services, Office of Business Affairs. Contacts for questions regarding content of the OBA pages are listed on the page next to the documents. To comment on the on-line version of the page, contact Jennifer Lehmann at 244-4251 or email@example.com.