UCD effort reports for ANR academics paid through UC Davis are available now for online certification at http://myeffort.ucdavis.edu. Certification required by federal regulation must be completed by Jan. 28, 2011.
For assistance in certifying your effort report, CE Advisors may contact Kathy Carrington at (951) 827-4697 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other academics may contact their respective unit business managers for assistance. The effort reporting help link is at http://accounting.ucdavis.edu/ers.
The UC Davis campus has announced it is offering its Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) again as an opportunity for employees to self-identify their willingness to voluntarily resign their UC Davis employment.
ANR has made the decision to NOT offer the VSP to ANR employees located either on or off campus.
If you have any questions, you may contact Human Resources Coordinator Robert Martinez at (530) 752-3467 or Staff Personnel Executive Director Linda Manton at (530) 752-0495.
In response to Gov. Brown's proposed budget, released today (Jan. 10), UC President Yudof issued an open letter to California.
In the letter, Yudof writes, "Undeniably, the governor's hand has been forced. He has produced, as he calls it, a tough budget for tough times, and the university will stand up and do all it can to help the state through what is a fiscal, structural and political crisis. There can be no business as usual.
"To that end, I will be giving each of the system's 10 chancellors specific budget reduction targets and asking them to develop and report back to me within six weeks their plans for meeting them. We will do the same at the system's central office. I then will go to our governing Board of Regents with a detailed scenario of what steps would be required to absorb a $500 million reduction — a reduction that will take the state's annual per student contribution to $7,210, compared to the $7,930 to be paid by students and their families."
Yudof's letter is posted at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/24763. UC also issued a news release about the proposed budget cuts for higher education, which is posted at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/24764.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released its first request for applications to the 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant program.
The first RFA is for the AFRI Foundational Program, which addresses six priority areas:
- Plant health and production and plant products
- Animal health and production and animal products
- Food safety, nutrition and health
- Renewable energy, natural resources and environment
- Agriculture systems and technology
- Agriculture economics and rural communities
For more information about the AFRI Foundational Program, visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/11_afri_foundationaL_final_1-7-11.pdf.
All AFRI program information, including the anticipated release date of the Challenge Area RFAs and the NIFA Fellowships Grant Program RFA, is available on the NIFA Web site at www.nifa.usda.gov/afri.
In light of recent media reports about a letter by 36 University of California executives regarding pension benefits, Board of Regents Chairman Russell Gould and University President Mark Yudof today (Jan. 4, 2011) issued the following statement:
Ten years ago the University of California sought a determination from the IRS that a proposed new method for calculating pension benefits complied with federal tax rules. The new method would have resulted in higher pension payments to certain highly paid University employees. While that determination ultimately was granted, it did not obligate the University in any way to proceed with its proposal. In fact, the initial Regental action required that an implementation plan be developed and submitted by the President of the University and approved by the Chair of the Board and the Chair of the Finance Committee. For reasons of fiscal prudence in a changing economy, this step — necessary for the proposal to become effective — was never taken.
For this reason, and contrary to the arguments presented in the letter, it is our belief that the action taken by the Board 10 years ago was not self-executing and that the pension proposal was never implemented. Months ago, the Board retained counsel to assist the University in the event this position should need to be defended in the courts. While those who signed the letter are without question highly valued employees, we must disagree with them on this particular issue