Shared services project to save millions less than originally estimated

A recent reportshows that shared services — a project to streamline campus administrative tasks into one location by December 2014 — would save millions less than originally estimated, throwing off overall projections for a campus cost-cutting project.The shared services project is an effort within the larger Operational Excellence initiative, a controversial
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Campus to implement shared services for administrative tasks

Following two years of planning, a campus project to consolidate administrative tasks was approved Thursday to begin preliminary implementation in April with an initial budget of up to $20.72 million. The project, which is part of the campus’s controversial Operational Excellence initiative, will group together campus administrative tasks such as
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Proposal to streamline UC Berkeley administrative offices released

In an effort to streamline the number of separate UC Berkeley offices working in administrative areas like human resources, a committee within Operational Excellence released a proposal Thursday to form “shared service centers” for the campus. Despite more than two years of planning, the proposal to create the centers —
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Cost-cutting programs could save millions more than initially estimated

If all pending and approved projects of a controversial UC Berkeley cost-cutting initiative meet their projected savings, the campus could save millions more than originally estimated. The Operational Excellence initiative — which began in 2009 as an effort to combat budget cuts by decreasing administrative costs — has saved the
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New proposals aim to save campus more than $2 million

Three project proposals — one of which involves hiring an outside consulting firm — were approved by Operational Excellence leadership Monday. The proposals, which include creating a council to oversee campus advising, hiring a team to plan for new technology and forming a center to help staff navigate online systems,
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Proposals aim to streamline student services at UC Berkeley

Should two new campus proposals be approved, students and student groups could more easily access services from transaction advisers. The student services team of Operational Excellence — a campus cost-cutting initiative aiming to save $75 million annually — presented two proposals to create one-stop centers for student business services and
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Additional cost-saving proposals will be reviewed

One of seven teams within the campus cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative may soon be another step closer to seeing its proposals enacted. After proposals from the student service initiative team received guidance from the initiative’s program committee, the coordinating committee — composed of one staff member and one faculty member
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