MFDP, CSA to Train 250 HR Personnel, Comptrollers on Gov’t’s Payroll Procedure Processing

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A one-day education and training workshop intended to strengthen and sharpen the knowledge and skills of Human Resources Personnel, Comptrollers and payroll analysts, of spending entities of Central Government on ‘Payroll Processing’ is expected to commence this Thursday, January 14, 2021, at the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia.

The workshop, organized by the Joint Payroll Management Team of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, will bring together more than Two Hundred Fifty (250) participants.

The workshop will also provide education on the new automated payroll system of government-initiated out of the National Payroll Harmonization and Standardization exercise.

Emphasis will be placed on preparation and submission of payroll, payroll adjustments such as replacements, new hiring, promotion, changes to employees’ banking details, and other relevant payroll-related adjustments. The HRs and Comptrollers will also be trained in techniques for managing retirement, detecting ghost employees, and eliminating double and multiple dippers from their payrolls.

At the end of the training, Comptrollers and HRs are expected to have increased knowledge in managing payroll within the limits of their approved appropriations, be compliant with budget law and fiscal rules, ensure timely correction and submission of their payrolls for processing and timely disbursement of employees’ salaries.

Facilitators of the training will include experienced professionals from the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC) and the division of Compensation Expenditure Control (CEC) within the Department of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

It can be recalled that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) on January 4, 2021, released a new calendar for the timely processing and disbursement of Government salaries.

The Ministry said on the first day of every month, it would close the payroll period for the previous month, while a dummy payroll for the current month will be sent to spending entities for review and administrative actions.

According to MFDP, on the seventh of every month spending entities will be expected to send in their payroll adjustments, including change of account numbers, resignation and other administrative actions.

At the same time, the joint payroll team would complete the applicable adjustments and ensure that payroll vouchers are signed by designated officers of spending entities before the close of business on the first of every month.

The Ministry assures that by the 20th of every month, the Office of the Comptroller and Accountant General would ensure that all salary checks are dispatched, deposited and employees’ accounts immediately credited by their respective commercial banks.

The release further indicated that the Office of the Minister of Finance will then generate the list of noncompliant entities on the 10th of each month, and will submit to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs for publication and administrative actions.

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