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State audit of UC President's Office finds widespread mishandling, hidden funds; UC pushes back




Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks during a panel discussion on advancing women in politics at the National Democratic Institute Luncheon in Washington, DC.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks during a panel discussion on advancing women in politics at the National Democratic Institute Luncheon in Washington, DC.
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According to a state audit released Tuesday, the University of California Office of the President has raised tuition while keeping a secret $175 million on reserve, spent millions on benefits that aren’t typically received by public employees and doctored surveys on campus spending.

Those are just a few of the findings of CA State Auditor Elaine Howle’s 177-page audit.

The UC Office of the President took issue with many of the audit’s conclusions. In a letter to the auditor, UC President Janet Napolitano said the charges of secret funds”unfairly mischaracterizes UCOP’s budget processes.” The audit’s recommendation to hand budget authority over the Office of the President to the Legislature was said to be unconstitutional by two members of the UC Board of Regents.

We dive into the findings of the audit, as well as the pushback.

We reached out to the University of California’s Office of the President and the UC Board of Regents for comment and were told they did not have anyone available for an interview.

Guest:

Melody Gutierrez, political reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle; she’s been following this story; she tweets @Melody Gutierrez