Report 2016-125.1 Recommendation 9 Responses

Report 2016-125.1: The University of California Office of the President: It Has Not Adequately Ensured Compliance With Its Employee Displacement and Services Contract Policies (Release Date: August 2017)

Recommendation #9 To: University of California

To ensure that the university achieves its goals of obtaining services at the lowest cost or best value and of providing vendors with fair access to contracting opportunities, the Office of the President should revise the university's contract manual to narrow the exemption from competition to only selected professional services, similar to the State Contracting Manual.

60-Day Agency Response

To achieve the objective of this recommendation UC Procurement will:

-Revise its contracting policy (BUS-43) to:

-Amend the definitions of Professional Services and Personal Services

-Reinforce UC's commitment to encourage competitive bidding even when a potential exemption exists

-Address these items in a webinar/training event for all procurement leaders and staff

-Update templates, job aids and FAQs on the Office of the President's website

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2017
  • Response Date: October 2017

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

All Recommendations in 2016-125.1

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.