New CSU websites designed to promote transparency

May 9, 2010

A recent executive order from Governor Schwarzenegger has prompted many of the 23 California State University campuses to start posting information online about their contracts with vendors, external audits, and financial statements. [California Watch]

The governor issued the order last June, requiring state contracts valued at $5,000 or more to be posted online, but most CSU sites appear to list only those over $50,000. Thus far, most contracts seem to be going to construction companies for building new campus facilities.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has posted information online, including Contracts, External Audit Reports, and Financial Statements.

The biggest contract found so far was $44.5 million from CSU Northridge to CW Driver for new construction.

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okay… this is good as far as it goes… HOWEVER, transparency needs to happen with all the many and varied ‘foundations’ on each campus. Cal Poly has at least 5, I believe…. and they have a virtual monopoly on the campus as well as competing directly with private industry… or is what I am seeing my imagination?