Report recommends layoffs to reduce UCSF budget 

Some 500 administrative positions at UC San Francisco should be eliminated, according to an advisory group tasked with determining where the school has room for belt-tightening.

The recommendation was made by a work group put together in February by UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann and charged with finding a way to reduce next school year’s budget by $28 million to $40 million.

Instead, the group came back with a three-year plan that would ease into the cuts, slashing just $11.6 million in the first year and closer to $50 million by the third year, according to Barbara French, associate vice chancellor for public relations.

If the working group’s recommendations are adopted — and they are currently being vetted to UCSF faculty, staff and administrators — the largest chunk of the personnel cuts would happen in the information technology department.

The report slammed the current state of the IT department, saying it lacks goals and accountability and its service is fragmented. The department currently has a staff of 810 full-time employees at a cost of $149 million. The work group suggested that number be pared down to about 600, which would save the university about $30 million a year.

Other suggestions included cutting 140 full-time employees from human resources, 95 from finance, 83 from research administration and about 30 from central administration.

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