THE OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTS WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND PEACEFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
PCARD VENDOR REGISTRATION
REMINDER: Procedure has changed since the implementation of the new online PCard Vendor Registration. Vendors no longer have to be entered in the system before a charge is made. The process works better if the charge is made FIRST, and then the vendor is registered online. PCard Account and Business Manager now have 14 days to correct the information in FAAINVT. Fourteen days allows ample time to process the vendor, if the PCard Vendor is not already in the system..
STUDENT VENDOR REGISTRATION
REMINDER: If a UWF Student is being paid by UWF (i.e. travel, prize, etc.), they must be registered as a vendor. Please use the new Student Vendor Registration Page to enter UWF Students. If you are requesting the UWF Student register temselves, please do NOT refer them to the External Vendor Registration Page; but instead refer them to the new internal Student Vendor Registration Page..
NEW FEDEX SHIPPING PROCEDURES WITH FLORIDA STATE CONTRACT PRICING
UWF has new FedEx shipping procedures and a drop box located on campus in front of the UWF water tower, across the street from the UWF Welcome Center. By signing up for a FedEx account, UWF departments will receive significant savings by using Florida State Contract pricing. The UWF/FedEx master account has been cancelled and instead each department will have their own individual FedEx account(s). UWF FedEx charges can be paid with a PCard.
It is NOT recommended that a personal FedEx account be used to mail UWF packages because the significantly-discounted Florida State Contract rates would NOT be applied. Florida State Contract pricing is only available for UWF business packages.
For information to set up departmental FedEx accounts, please see the links below or the instructions can be found on UWF Argus "Go Shopping" Tab under the category "MAIL-SHIPPING SERVICES".
FLORIDA CERTIFIED CONTRACT MANAGERS
Eric Engelmeyer and Judy Jasmyn, Senior Buyers with UWF Procurement and Contracts, recently achieved certification as Florida Certified Contracts Manager through the National Institute for Government Purchasers (NIGP). This achievement is reached by completing courses in Contract Administration, Contract Management and Best Practices for Contract and Grant Management. Eric Engelmeyer serves as VP Administration in the professional organization National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM), a local chapter of Institute of Supply Management (ISM). Judy Jasmyn creates chapter newsletters for NAPM and the local chapter of NIGP and serves as VP Marketing with NAPM.
TELEPHONE DENIAL-OF-SERVICE SCAM THROUGH LANDLINE OR CELL PHONE
It's a new twist on an old scam. Criminals are using automated dialing progrmas to send thousands of phone calls to victims in an effort to tie up their phone lines. The reason? To distract them while the scammer empties their bank accounts. And because the phone lines are busy, banks trying to verify the validity of transactions can't get through. Even if the bank declines a suspicious purchase or withdrawal, the criminal, posing as the victim, calls the bank, and verifies the transaction using identity information they stole earlier.
The scam usually starts weeks or months in advance as scammers use computer viruses or phising emails to gain privatge information about the victim, including passwords, account numbers, and answers to security questions the bank may ask ("What's your mother's maiden name?"). The barrage of phone calls causing a denial-of-service is often the culmination of patient planning.
Here are some steps you can take to help avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
If you begin receiving a lot of phone calls with dead air, recorded messages, or even phone sex menus, contact your financial institutions and telephone service provider immediately. Use an alternate phone other than your home phone to contact all the financial organizations you do business with and explain the situation to them. They should help you temporarily halt any new transactions. Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation - www.FBI.gov.