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SACS2013 Budget Software Release Letter

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

May 1, 2013

Dear County and District Chief Business Officials and Charter School Administrators:

2013 STANDARDIZED ACCOUNT CODE STRUCTURE SOFTWARE—BUDGET RELEASE

The 2013 budget version of the Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) financial reporting software is now available on our Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/sf/fr/. This version of the software includes only those components necessary to complete the 2013–14 budget reports. A second release is planned for early July 2013 and will include, in addition to the 2013–14 budget components, the 2012–13 unaudited actual and the 2013–14 interim reporting components of the software.

This year our efforts were primarily focused on required changes, with some enhancements. There are also some changes to forms, processes, and technical review checks in the software to ensure the data the California Department of Education (CDE) collects are accurate. The most notable changes relate to the second-year effects of GASB Statement 63 (GASB 63) and the new Education Protection Account State Aid funding. Please see the "What's New" section of the SACS2013 Software User Guide for additional information on the changes made to the software.

Preloaded Data

Prior year ending balances from 2011–12 unaudited actuals (including funds, assets, debt, juvenile court and county community schools designated for economic uncertainties and capital outlay reserves, and lottery), Gann data, No Child Left Behind Maintenance of Effort, and first and second prior year indirect cost rate information have been preloaded into the budget software, most of which will be used for unaudited actual reporting.

In addition, to the extent possible, data from 2009–10 and 2010–11 Fund 01, Fund 17, attendance, and revenue limit unaudited actuals, as well as the California Basic Educational Data Systems (CBEDS) data, have been preloaded in the software for use in the Criteria and Standards Review form.

Charter School Beginning Balances

As in last year's software, the prior year ending fund balances from the Charter School Alternative Form have been crosswalked to the equivalent SACS fund and object codes and included with the prior year ending fund balances from the SACS submissions, to ensure consistency of the data. This will only affect charter schools that reported

2010–11 unaudited actuals in the Charter School Alternative Form and that are preparing a 2012–13 budget or 2011–12 unaudited actuals report using the SACS software.

Software User Guide and Reporting Calendars

Installing the software with the default settings will automatically copy the SACS2013 Software User Guide and financial reporting calendars to your C:\SACS2013\Calendars and Manuals subdirectory. The user guide is accessible from the software Help menu and also by pressing F1 from within most forms and processes in the software. The user guide has only been updated for the budget components; the unaudited actual and interim reporting components will be updated in the SACS2013ALL Software User Guide.

Preparation for Interim Criteria and Standards

The interim period Criteria and Standards Review form will extract applicable budget period data (July 1 single or September 8 dual adoption), if such data are available; otherwise, it will require manual input. To enable extraction of budget period data, the officially exported budget file from the SACS2013 software must be imported (official import is recommended) into the SACS2013ALL software. Be sure to save an electronic copy of your officially exported budget data file for import into the SACS2013ALL software (the software’s official export default directory is C:\SACS2013\Official). Once the budget data have been imported into the SACS2013ALL software, the SACS2013 software is no longer necessary and can be uninstalled.

Recommended Installation Environment for SACS Software

It is recommended to download and install the software onto a Windows XP machine. There are known incompatibilities with the SACS software running on Windows 7 operating systems. For those with Windows 7 operating systems, we recommend you follow our workaround installation procedures available on the SACS Software Known Problems/Fixes Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/sf/fr/sacs2013probfix.asp.

Software Bugs and Fixes

As in the past, we will communicate any detected software bugs and their fixes or workarounds to the county office SACS software contacts via e‑mail, and we will also post them to the CDE Internet. We are very interested in hearing from all LEAs regarding the overall software, forms, and instructions. Comments from charter schools regarding using SACS and/or the Charter School Alternative Form would also be helpful. Send your comments and suggestions using the Change Order form (CHG) included in the SACS software or by e-mail at sacsinfo@cde.ca.gov. The completed CHG form may either be faxed to 916-324-7141 or mailed to us at the address shown at the top of the form.

Please be sure to let the appropriate people within your agency know where they can access the software on our Web page. For assistance with the SACS software, districts should contact their county office of education, and charter schools should contact their authorizing agency. County offices may contact us by phone at 916-322-1770 or by e-mail at sacsinfo@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,



Peggy O’Guin, Administrator
Financial Accountability and Information Services

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