10/9/2011: Editor Peter Bhatia of the Oregonian has a long thoughtful editorial on their successful battle to make PERS payouts public:
Our interest, going into this process, was examining PERS recipients who retired at pensions higher than their salaries (some receiving more than $100,000 annually from PERS). And we are also interested in double dipping — the commonly allowed practice of state employees retiring, beginning to collect their pensions, then being rehired on contract for the very same or similar job.
Many UO administrators do this with 1029 hour deals. The info will be public as of 11/21.
In 2006 UO Provost John Moseley retired and was given a 1/2 time $124,000 a year sinecure as Director of UO’s Bend Programs. He wanted this because it allowed him to pad his PERS account and because he has a vacation home on the Deschutes. It turns out he’s been billing UO for his trips there – as these UO mileage reimbursements show. One reader pointed out that “Between June and Sept 08 JTM racked up $4441.75 reimbursable dollars for mileage, at about 50 cents per mile that’s 8800 miles. It’s about 125 miles one way from JTM (Eugene) to JTM (Bend) so that’s about 35 round trips in a 4 month period or 9 round trips a month.”
In the summer? Does UO-Bend even offer summer courses? Any OSU-Cascades meetings that Moseley actually attended? 9 per month? UO-Bend graduates 15 students a year. Moseley’s travel expenses alone are over $500 per graduate. Add in his salary and benefits and this one part of the administrative costs for Bend are already well over $10,000 per graduate. And Provost Bean claims this program is “in the black?”
From a UO administrator’s email:
Finally, there is a lot about the Bend campus that just does not “feel right”. For example, while no one really wants to put (too fine) a point on it, the fact that John Mosley is collecting a six figure salary while being retired in Bend (even if it is legit) does not look right and perceptions are important – particularly in economic hard times when you are asking faculty to give back.
Here is the 7/7/04 retirement contract signed by President Frohnmayer and Provost Moseley. It’s hard to read this without seeing it as an attempt to make an end run around the PERS rules so that Moseley can retire under the more generous pre-2005 contract – while still actually working for UO essentially full time and collecting full time pay.
This March 2008 story in the Oregonian describes how UO administrators have been taking advantage of a tenure reduction program that was originally set up to ease older teaching faculty into voluntary retirement.
Several administrators have been able to use the program to take home annual payments in the $300,000 range, by getting half pay from UO, full PERS benefits, and annual raises to sweeten the deal. While President Frohnmayer claims that these administrators are doing substantial work, he provides no evidence of this. Here’s a clip from former Provost John Moseley’s contract – he is “Special Assistant” to current Provost Jim Bean until 2011. His main job seems to be running UO’s program in Bend, from his retirement home on the Deschutes. UO’s Bend programs graduate about 15 people – and lose about $1 million – each year.
Maybe we’re naive about this stuff, but we’re a little surprised at how explicitly President Frohnmayer and former Provost Moseley lay out their attempt to exploit PERS rules, as you can see from the complete contract here.