Statement on audit of UC Office of the President
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), Chair of the 39-member California Democratic Congressional Delegation, issued the following statement today regarding a California State Audit report on the University of California Office of the President:
"The recent California State Audit on the UC Office of the President is very troubling.
"I was particularly discouraged to learn that at the same time the University of California outsourced nearly 100 skilled IT workers at UC San Francisco through misuse of the H-1B visa program – ostensibly in order to save the University $30 million – the report indicates that the Office of the President was surreptitiously stockpiling more than $175 million in undisclosed and unnecessary reserves.
"In a letter to the University President last November, I urged reversal of the decision to lay off American workers in favor of H-1B employees. That letter went unanswered.
"After reviewing the contents of the Audit report, it appears the outsourcing of jobs supposedly for budget constraints occurred while lavish spending was going on in the University administration.
"I applaud the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance for convening a joint hearing into the allegations contained in this audit and look forward to the Legislature's findings."
# # #