CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"CSU'S CMS SOFTWARE PROGRAM SCRUTINIZED IN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT"
2001 EDITION - Issue No. 36
OCTOBER 05, 2001

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From: GRO <gro@calfac.org>
Date: Fri Oct 5, 2001  12:03:58 US/Pacific
To: gro@calfac.org
Subject: GRO Weekly Report
Reply-To: gro@calfac.org

CSU's CMS SOFTWARE PROGRAM SCRUTINIZED IN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

The Common Management System (CMS), an estimated $1 billion CSU computer
program to handle core university business and administrative functions,
was highlighted in an investigative report in this week's Chico News &
Review publication. Sometimes referred to as "Charlie's Management System"
by Chancellor's Office staff, CMS has been criticized by CFA for
redirecting millions of dollars to pay for the new data software program
that could have otherwise been spent on new faculty hires and student
needs. You can read the entire story at:
<http://www.newsreview.com/issues/chico/2001-10-04/cover.asp#>


SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION CANCELLED

Governor Gray Davis has reversed his previous decision and cancelled a
special session of the legislature that was to begin on Tuesday, October
9th. Governor Davis called for the session to address the state's contracts
with energy providers and the sale of bonds to repay past energy purchases.

The state's Public Utilities Commission last week rejected Governor Davis's
proposal to increase user rates to repay energy contracts and provide
financial backing for the sale of $12.5 billion in bonds. After rejecting
the Governor's proposal, the Davis-appointee dominated PUC recommended the
Governor sign SB 18XX by State Senate leader John Burton which would
provide a "bond set-aside" utility rates charge without committing
taxpayers irrevocably to future rate increases. Additionally, SB 18XX would
allow the public to review the energy contracts that were entered into by
the Davis administration. Davis has threatened to veto SB 18XX, and by not
enacting some sort of financial backing for the bond sale before the end of
the year, the state could experience a deficit exceeding $9 billion next
year.


CFA-SPONSORED LEGISLATION STILL WAITING DAVIS DECISION

CFA's sponsored bills to provide CalPERS retirement eligibility for
lecturers who teach half-time (AB 1081 - Nation), and to ensure that
faculty due process rights are protected (SB 1212 - Romero) are still
awaiting action from Governor Davis. The deadline to either sign or veto
the bills is Sunday, October 14th.



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