Report 2016-130 Recommendation 29 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 #29 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 publish the results of the review of systemwide and presidential initiatives, including any funds the Office of the President anticipates reallocating to the campuses.

1-Year Agency Response

The Office of the President published the results of the AB97 proposal to redirect $15M to the campuses to fund additional undergraduate enrollment in FY18-19 which included reducing the funding for presidential initiatives by $2M and other UCOP-budgeted programs by $.5M.

  • 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 any additional funding the Office of the President identifies for reallocation to campuses by April 2019.


6-Month Agency Response

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

The systemwide and presidential initiatives workgroup will develop reports to enhance transparency. The workgroup will continue to engage the Executive Budget Committee. The workgroup will determine review criteria and a frequency to periodically review items. Governance will be established to enable review and to facilitate prioritization and trade-off decisions, as needed. The workgroup will publish its results.

  • 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 comprehensive list of systemwide initiatives and presidential initiatives due April 2018.


60-Day Agency Response

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

The systemwide and Presidential initiatives work group will develop reporting to enable transparency. The work group will engage the Executive Budget Committee and develop an approach to evaluate the review of the portfolio of projects and initiatives. Governance will be installed to ensure review so that less impactful items may be discontinued. The work group will publish their results.

  • 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 comprehensive list of systemwide initiatives and presidential initiatives due April 2018.


All Recommendations in 2016-130

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.