This guide explains the responsibility of intermediate school district business officials (ISDBOs) to ensure each member district has a district business official user (DBO) in Catamaran. The guide also explains which Catamaran activities involve DBOs, how to find out which member districts lack a DBO, and how to approve new DBO user requests.
Overview of Finance Activities in Catamaran
The Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education (MDE) uses Catamaran to track activities, information, and data related to special education compliance. The Finance Unit currently uses Catamaran for Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS), Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Eligibility, MOE Compliance, and Excess Cost activities. Other finance-related compliance activities may be developed in Catamaran in the future.
Currently, three finance-related activities in Catamaran involve DBOs: CEIS, MOE Eligibility and Excess Cost. In order for member districts to participate in each of these activities, each district must have at least one DBO in Catamaran.
Ensure Each Member District Has a DBO
ISDBOs are responsible for ensuring each member district within the ISD has at least one DBO user in Catamaran. ISDBOs can discover which member districts have a DBO by using a report called the District Business Official List. A guide to accessing this report can be found at the ISD Finance Reports and Resources page.
ISDBOs should reach out to their contacts at member districts with no registered DBO and encourage the appropriate individual to register as a new user in Catamaran. New users who indicate they do finance-related work on the new user request form will be assigned the DBO role.