Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Both UC President Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff and her deputy chief of staff are exiting their jobs this week — just days before the UC Board of Regents was expected to release the results of an independent investigation into allegations that Napolitano’s office interfered with a recent state audit of its spending habits. "I have not seen the report, and I cannot make any inferences about it,” said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein, declining further comment.
The $210,000 investigation was prompted by a state audit in April that found Napolitano’s office had squirreled away $175 million in reserves. As part of the audit, California State Auditor Elaine Howle sent confidential surveys to officials at UC’s 10 campuses, asking them to evaluate services and programs provided by Napolitano’s office. But Howle said Napolitano’s office improperly previewed the campuses’ responses and in some cases directed changes that resulted in more positive evaluations. Napolitano claimed her staff was responding to campus requests for help and had no improper motive — but nonetheless apologized.