Report 2016-130 Recommendation 28 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 #28 To: University of California

To ensure that its spending aligns with the needs of its stakeholders, including campuses and students, by April 2019 the Office of the President should establish spending targets for systemwide initiatives and administrative costs.

1-Year Agency Response

Spending targets are being set for programs, initiatives, and central administration as part of the FY18-19 UCOP budget process. The Office of the President will continue to develop and improve upon its efforts to establish spending targets and conduct program reviews, and will provide a status update on its progress at the next reporting milestone.

  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2019
  • Response Date: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending

The status of this recommendation is pending the Office of the President's establishment of spending targets for systemwide initiatives and administrative costs due April 2019.


6-Month Agency Response

Implementation of this recommendation will be dependent on actions taken in response to the April 2018 recommendations and establishment of spending targets due April 2019.

The Executive Budget Committee has been consulted on AB97 and is expected to continue to review the list of systemwide initiatives and programs, including establishment of targets by 2019.

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

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

The status of this recommendation is pending the Office of the President's development of a clear definition for systemwide initiatives and administration due April 2018 and its establishment of spending targets for systemwide initiatives and administrative costs due April 2019.


60-Day Agency Response

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

The systemwide initiatives work group will work with the budget process work group to develop work flow, approvals and review of initiatives in the context of annual budgets. The budget process documentation will include methodology for establishment and communication of annual budget targets expected to include targets for systemwide and Presidential initiatives. The establishment of targets and the prioritization of alternatives will include key stakeholders such as the Executive Budget Committee who will serve in an advisory capacity to the President.

  • 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 development of a clear definition for systemwide initiatives and administration due April 2018 and its establishment of spending targets for systemwide initiatives and administrative costs due April 2019.


All Recommendations in 2016-130

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.