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Auditor criticizes UH retirement incentives
Honolulu Advertiser, May
The University of Hawai'i should either eliminate or fix the school's
20-year-old early retirement incentive program, state Auditor Marion Higa
said in a report released yesterday.
The program was set up in 1983 to save personnel costs, retain
experienced staff and give advancement opportunities to junior faculty,
but it has become "a unique university perk that fails to meet its
goals and is poorly managed," Higa said.
Some employees get dual retirement incentives overlapping from the
state's early retirement incentive program begun in 1995, she said.
The cost savings goal was subverted by replacing the early retirees with
more highly paid replacements, Higa said.
In some cases the early retirees are replaced by rehiring retirees as
casual employees, she said.
University officials responded to Higa's report,
saying they have begun to address some of her concerns and will review the
merits of continuing the program.