Report 2016-130 Recommendation 25 Responses

Report 2016-130: The University of California Office of the President: It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices Are Misleading (Release Date: April 2017)

Recommendation #25 To: University of California

To ensure that its staffing costs align with the needs of campuses and other stakeholders, by April 2019 the Office of the President should set targets for appropriate employee benefits and implement new processes that ensure that employees adhere to the revised policies regarding employee benefits.

6-Month Agency Response

Procedures are in place at each campus, medical center and the Office of the President to ensure compliance with the systemwide policy and administrative changes made in October 2017. Procedures at the Office of the President are in place to implement the policy changes made in April 2017 and October 2017.

  • Completion Date: October 2017
  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented

Although the Office of the President asserted to us that this recommendation is fully implemented, we disagree. As we discuss in recommendation 12, the Office of the President and the regents still need to take additional actions related to its policies for car allowances, business meetings and entertainment, employer contributions toward a retirement savings plan for SMGs, and stipends. Moreover, when we asked the Office of the President to provide targets for appropriate employee benefits, it referred us to one line in the 2017-18 budget that stated it aims to reduce employee travel expenditures by 10 percent. We find this single target insufficient to address this recommendation as we intended the recommendation to encompass all employee benefits.

60-Day Agency Response

Implementation of this recommendation is dependent on actions taken in response to the April 2018 recommendations.

Updates to policies based on benchmarking with federal, state and other universities will be published online.

  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2019
  • Response Date: June 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

The status of this recommendation is pending the Office of the President's review of its employee benefit policies due April 2018.

All Recommendations in 2016-130

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.