Washington State University

Revised 10-07
Information Technology Financial Services

Information Technology Computing Invoice and Usage Reports

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Each month Information Technology Services (ITS) issues Computing Invoices and Usage Reports to each University unit having a computing account. These reports show expenditures related to computing usage.

Non-University Clients

ITS charges transactions of non-University clients through the University's Billing Receivables System (BRS). See 30.57.


Departments, offices and individuals should review these reports each month.

When a review of the invoices and reports reveals an incorrect billing, send a request for adjustment and a copy of the incorrect billing to the Administrative and Financial Services (AFS) section of ITS.


The current schedule of computing prices is available from the ITS Phone Desk, CUE Room 302, or from the Administrative and Financial Services section of ITS.


The following numbered paragraphs refer to numbered sections on the invoice and report samples in the PDF version of 85.34.2-3. Unnumbered sections are considered self-explanatory.

Refer to the glossary below for definitions of terms.

This section, the samples and the glossary do not cover every possible term which may appear on reports. Contact ITS Administrative and Financial Services regarding questions; telephone 509-335-8643.

IT Computing Invoice

The IT Computing Invoice lists the usage, the rate charged, and the cost of each computing service.

Invoice Number (1)

This is the number of this invoice which will be carried in the University accounting system as a document number for the indicated computing charges.

Procedure Number (2)

ITS assigns each computing account a Procedure Number which identifies the user responsible for the listed computing charges. See also 85.35.

Account Code (3)

These codes identify the account which supports the costs associated with the indicated computing services. Code components are: fund-subfund-program-budget-project.

Title (4)

The user assigns a Procedure Number Title which clearly identifies the related computing service transactions. See also 85.35.

User Name (5)

Name of the office, department, or individual billed for the computing services.

Budget Name (6)

Administrative unit within the institution. The Budget Name can also be an individual's name or a non-University organization.

Term Date (7)

Date the user's ITS account terminates. See also 85.35.

Description (8)

Lists the computing services provided by ITS. Refer to the glossary below for definitions of terms.

Total Units (9)

This is the total number of indicated units provided and billed or credited to the Procedure Number.

Rate Per Unit (10)

The amount charged for each unit. A unit is a single set quantity adopted as a standard of measurement, e.g., the quantity of the computing service or time used, manuals purchased, connections.

Total Cost (11)

The total cost is calculated by multiplying Total Units by Rate Per Unit.

Funds Expended To Date (12)

These are year-to-date totals by expenditure object for computing charges supported by the indicated user.

WSU/IT Usage Report

The WSU/IT Usage Report helps budget administrators determine if computing use is within budget limits. The report also indicates who is using computing services.

Budget Number (1)

The budget number identifies the budget supporting the computing charges. See 30.05 for a definition of budget numbers.

Customer Number (2)

The customer number identifies non-University users.

Procedure Number (3)

ITS assigns each computing account a procedure number which identifies the user to the Center. See also 85.35.

User Name (4)

The name of the office, department, or individual billed for computing services.

Title of Procedure Number (5)

The Procedure Number Title identifies related computing service transactions. See also 85.35.

Term Date (6)

Date the user's ITS account terminates. 99/99/99 means indefinite. See also 85.35.

Funding Codes (7)

Funding codes made of several components which permit identification of each account. Components are: fund-subfund-program-budget-project. See also 30.05.

Dollars Used (8)

Total amount used to date.


Terms frequently used in Computing Invoices and Usage Reports are listed with a brief explanation of each.


Admittance or entry to computing systems.


The University uses accounts to monitor financial transactions. See 30.05.


(Asynchronous) One of two communications modes between terminals and a central computer facility. Asynchronous connections are normally connected with twisted-pair cable.

Banner Pages

A job divider for printed output; one at the front and one at the end of a job.

Basic Printing

Impact line printing, billed by the line.

Batch Jobs

Work that is submitted to the computing system for processing with no further user interaction necessary.


Breaking continuous form printouts into separate sheets.

Comm-Local Network

Local (Pullman) communications network.


(Central Processing Unit) The part of a computer that processes data.


(Cylinder) A unit of disk storage.

Data and File Transfer

Transferring from one storage medium to another.


A dedicated, not shared, connection to a network or a computer.

Disk Storage

Online disk storage is located on tracks, cylinders, or blocks on a disk drive.

FM Agreement

Facilities Management Agreement between ITS and non-ITS University unit; e.g., agreement for charges to house servers.

Host System

An ITS-supported system. Users are billed for resources used on an ITS host system.




(Information Technology Services) A University unit responsible for providing computer-related services. Refer to the ITS home page at:



Local area network.

Local Printing

Printing performed at the ITS dispatch room.

Local Access

Access to the ITS computing facility from a local work station.


A nonrecurring computing charge in the specified category. Contact ITS Administrative and Financial Services for an explanation of a given computing charge.






(Multiple Virtual System) An operating system which provides access to Administrative Information Systems (AIS).

MVS Migrated

Mainframe data storage, stored on disk.

MVS Track

Mainframe data storage, migrated to slower devices.


A time period which is weekdays other than 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Optical Scanning

A special service provided by ITS. Used for scanning input from tests, evaluations, and surveys.

Page Images

Page images printed on a page printer, i.e., laser printer.

Page Printer

A laser printer.

Paper Surcharge

A charge for special paper or forms, e.g., 2-part, 3-part, and 4-part. Line printers only.


A device used for plotting graphs and charts.


A connection to a network or a computer.


See: Prime.


The period of weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Charges for computer-related goods or services originally incurred by an entity other than ITS.


Shipping and handling charges for mailing users' materials, e.g., tapes, reports, listings.

Software Surcharges

Fees charged to off-campus users for using specific mainframe software packages.

Special Forms Mount

Printer/plotter charge for having the operator mount special forms, e.g., paychecks.


A nonpriority base charge for printing.


See: Standard.


An operating system which provides general computing and network services.


Time period including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.


See: Weekend.

WSU Database Usage

A usage charge which covers input/output overhead for accessing databases associated with Administrative Information Systems.

WSU Online Administrative Usage

Computing charge for CPU time related to the use of Administrative Information Systems (AIS). See 85.33 for a list of available information systems.