Wednesday, February 6, 2019

CSA Says UCOP Still Delayed On Transparency Reforms It Agreed to Adopt

Update : here is the report :


Original Post:

Seems the latest CA State Auditor (CSA) update/findings, report on UCOP are embargoed, or not yet fully publicly available yet -- once the report is available will include the link.

2019-406 - Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations
Est. Release Date: February 12, 2019


Overall Assessment

This graphic provides an overall assessment for the status of the Office of the President's implementation of our recommendations which are due in April 2018, April 2019, and April 2020. For the recommendations due in April 2018, we determined that the Office of the President fully implemented eight of the ten recommendations or 80 percent. Additionally, the Office of the President partially implemented two recommendations. For the recommendations due in April 2019, we determined that the Office of the President fully implemented three of the eleven recommendations or 27 percent. Additionally, the Office of the President partially implemented two recommendations. For April 2020 we determined that 8 percent, or one of twelve recommendations is fully implemented.

But for now this coverage:

"State auditor says UC's Napolitano has not implemented transparency reforms"


"We are still concerned about the lack of sufficient transparency related to fund balance amounts,” totaling $122 million for seven specific programs, in Napolitano’s budget for the current fiscal year, Howle wrote in a report released Tuesday that assessed UC’s progress as of October. “Perhaps of greater concern, the absence of sufficient reserve policies allows the office of the president to retain and maintain virtually an unlimited amount of fund balances and reserves.”

"Howle added that the president’s office “continues to lack sufficient transparency that would allow the governor and the legislature to understand what fund balance awards are available to reallocate to campuses.”

"Reserves should not be standardized, but specific to the needs of individual programs, UC officials added, highlighting one of the areas where the university and the auditor simply disagree on approach. Another is the timing of UC’s budget for the following fiscal year: The auditor says it should be revealed in April — in time for the governor and lawmakers to incorporate its figures into their own budget presentations — while the university says it can only be in May, to coincide with when the regents meet."

As for the unfinished reserve policies flagged by Howle, UC officials say they plan finalize them this year, and are creating a “replicable annual process” for better studying their own funds, reserves and expenditures.

The state audit two years ago was the first to look solely at UC’s $813.5 million headquarters, which oversees the public university’s 10 campuses, five hospitals and three national laboratories. Howle’s discovery of the president’s reserves — much of it used for university projects but never disclosed to the regents in Napolitano’s annual budget presentation — prompted her to prescribe the overhaul.

The audit found that the president’s office spent less than it budgeted, but requested more state funding based on the higher, budgeted amount. Salaries and job perks in the president’s office were also higher than those for comparable state employees, the audit found.

The president’s office also regularly reimbursed the regents for extravagant parties, including a $270-a-head affair held the night before they voted to raise tuition. The regents ended the practice after stories appeared in The Chronicle.

The audit included 33 recommended repairs, including 10 to be completed by April 30, and the rest over the next two years. Napolitano and the regents said"
See full article.

Since the article mentions claims about scheduling conflicts due to UC Regents schedule of meetings, recall this post about this recent odd exchange between CSA and UCOP:

And, once again, will link to report here once it is available.

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