Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has teamed up with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is now requiring ALL prime and subcontractors working on DOT projects with federal funding to submit certified payrolls into the AASHTOWare Project Civil Rights and Labor™ (CRL) Management System. The system processes contractors’ payrolls against the appropriate wage decision allowing for increased accuracy and timeliness.
You can create this spreadsheet with most of the data filled in by Certified Payroll Solution; however, there is NO WAY to provide this as a 100% accurate form that can be submitted due to complicated requirements. You will need to check this form carefully before submitting it.
The spreadsheet is provided by the vendor who developed the AASHTO Trans*port® system and many aspects of it cannot be changed or modified. This form has been provided in the NEWER Excel .XLXS format, therefore, Office/Excel 2010 or newer is required per their specifications.
The most important thing that you need to be aware of is that this spreadsheet CANNOT be printed by CPS, nor will the print preview be readable by the human eye.
DO NOT call and tell us that the Preview of the report is wrong, as there is NOTHING we can do about this.
You MUST click the preview button on the Print Window in order for CPS to create the Excel spreadsheet for you so that you can upload it. Once the spreadsheet is in the Excel format, you can then open it and look at it and verify that the data is accurate and add any missing information that is required.
According to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) website “This new system provides a faster, easier, and more accurate way for contractors to meet government reporting requirements.” They also tell you that there are three ways in which to enter the data:
- Manually into the web based CRL system
- Import payroll data by using CRL System payroll spreadsheets with an XML converter tool
- Convert payroll program data to an XML file to import into the system.
What they don’t tell you is that both options 2 and 3 require some software coding experience or a lot of manipulation.
QuickBooks on its own, doesn’t provide you with all of the necessary information for you be able to import or convert the payroll data directly.
AASHTO requirements are very complex and require quite a bit of setup in Certified Payroll Solution, please follow the step-by-step instructions in this document carefully as this information is NOT yet in manuals or in program help.
One-on-one setup assistance is billable at $125 per hour.
Certified Payroll Solution has been successfully completing the AASHTO upload format since 2014.