Texas A&M System chancellor orders audits to identify savings

Monday, July 22, 2013

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, who presided over the largest outsourcing of services ever at a public university, is now heading up moves to examine information technology, communications, airport operations and every single administrative position in the system.

The 62-year-old former state comptroller is leading the system through a self-evaluation aimed at examining efficiencies and quality of service.

Contracts have been awarded to private consultants to scrutinize the system's information technology services and communications staff, with completion expected this year, and the university is trying to outsource the management of Easterwood Airport. All 17,000 employees across 11 Texas universities and nine state agencies in the A&M system are set to be assessed in separate administrative audits that could be awarded to a contractor as early as this month.

Sharp oversaw the largest-ever outsourcing of services of a public university in August. The $270 million deal with Compass Group privatized dining, landscaping, maintenance and custodial services.

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