August 21, 2019

The following is a summary of some helpful information that will help prepare the campus for any pay-impacting issues around the beginning of September as Berkeley begins the Fall Semester.

As announced previously, UCPath will experience system outages (aka "lockouts") when the next sister campuses (UC Davis, et all) go live in September. During conversion, the UCPath system will be down for all locations as noted below; this includes all inquiry and self-service functions: 

August 8, 2019

(Editor's note: below represents a joint Controller's Office and Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) message on August 7, 2019 regarding the retirement of the Berkeley Payroll and Personnel System (PPS).

BFS Community,

July 23, 2019

A reminder that over the next several months, there will be planned UCPath system-wide lockouts when additional sister campuses (UC Davis and ANR (Agriculture and Natural Resources) cut over to UCPath. During these timeframes, there will be no access to UCPath (this includes inquiry and self service).

July 22, 2019

Editor's note: This CalMessage from Vice Chancellor for Administration and Vice Chancellor for Research was sent to Campus on July 19, 2019. The audience is faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff who plan to submit proposals to non-profit and/or government sponsors through Berkeley's Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) on or after September 1, 2019.

July 19, 2019

Editor’s note: The following CalMessage was sent to Berkeley faculty on July 18, 2019. It represents a collaborative team comprised of Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA), the Berkeley International Office (BIO), UCPath and the VC Research Office who have developed a revised process for the timely collection of University Services fees for Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers. This change was required as critical system checks in the previous process could not be supported through UCPath without significant customization. 

July 10, 2019

The next edition of Berkeley Regional Services “BRS Insights” e-newsletter, is almost ready for distribution! This bi-monthly newsletter is intended to keep interested faculty and staff abreast of region-related news and information and point to relevant resources for more in-depth information.

June 11, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), in partnership with Information Services & Technology (IST) and Central Payroll,  just announced the creation of a new application which will allow Reader/Tutors to record their hours worked using an online app instead of completing a paper timesheet. This application will bring significant relief from manual data entry by BRS Payroll teams and increase the accuracy and availability of timesheets.

May 15, 2019

The Vice Chancellor Administration (VCA) has just announced year end deadlines for FY18-19 and is available on the VCA website. This year’s closing steps mirror those in previous years for the  VCA divisions of Berkeley Regional Services (BRS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Central Human Resources (CHR). Please review the information to ensure that all relevant steps are taken according to the schedule.

May 7, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) has learned of upcoming planned scheduled maintenance days for campus systems that are scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019, affecting the enterprise systems of Blu, BearBuy, and HCM. There will be some impacts to services that BRS provides the campus as a result of these outages:

April 22, 2019

(the following was a CalMessage from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost on April 17, 2019)


April 16, 2019

The fall semester will be here before we know it and Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) HR team(s) are working diligently to finalize Smartsheet updates and any needed process changes for the Fall 2019 ASE/GSR Hiring Processes. They are working on final details as they also continue to navigate UCPath implementation efforts.

What's not changing?

  • The overall process - Smartsheets will still be used to request ASE/GSR hires.

April 3, 2019

(Below is an excerpt from the 3/30 CalMessage from Marc Fisher, VC Administration and Jo Mackness, Interim AVC, Human Resources.

UCPath is live! Please review this email closely for information about how to access UCPath Online, where to get help, and more. You can also refer to the UCPath Fact Sheet and the Berkeley UCPath website for more information.

March 28, 2019

Supply Chain Management has announced that this weekend's UC Path implementation will impact all campus systems that use employee data, including BearBuy. As part of the cutover and conversion process, BearBuy will be unavailable on Friday, March 29th from 6:00am through Monday, April 1st 7:00am.

March 12, 2019

March 11, 2019

As the Berkeley campus continues work this month to implement UCPath, Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) is working concurrently to implement Tracker I-9.

February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

(The following is an email to campus from VC Administration, Marc Fisher.)

Dear Colleagues:

January 21, 2019

January 22, 2019

(The following is an email to campus from Larry Conrad, Associate VC and Chief Information Officer.)

I’m pleased to announce that, effective immediately, CSS IT is moving to report into the Office of the CIO. The practical side of this is that Jerry Yerardi will now report directly to me.

February 4, 2018

February 4, 2019

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) has learned of upcoming planned scheduled maintenance days for campus systems that are scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019, affecting the enterprise systems of Blu, BearBuy, and HCM. There will be some impacts to services that CSS provides the campus as a result of these outages: