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

Dear Reader/Tutors and Supervisors,

We have important news to share -- a new application has been created 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 our Payroll teams and increase the accuracy and availability of timesheets.

June 7, 2019

Best Region High Five Winners January 2019

What is the High Five Program?

The “High Five” program is part of the BEST Region’s commitment to award our staff for outstanding performance and dedication to our clients, campus partners, and to each other. Those being nominated will have a chance at receiving an Amazon gift card.

June 5, 2019

BFS Community,

GAEL and UCRP interest allocation related to PPS payroll expense transfers was not received in time for posting to April and was posted in May.

June 4, 2019

Dear BEST Region Colleagues,
I am writing today to share some HR/Payroll information and updates that you should be aware of. Please disseminate to your staff as needed.

May 28, 2019

Please note that the existing Campus Shared Services (CSS) website will be decommissioned at the end of this month. The site will become deactivated, beginning on June 3-4. 

May 17, 2019

Late Thursday (May 16), there was an incident near the March AirForce base in Riverside, which is very close to the UCPath Center. 

Due to the ongoing investigation of the incident, access to the UCPath Center and other local businesses is cut-off. 

As a result we are curtailing normal operations of the UCPath Center today, May 17. Phone and chat services will be unavailable today. However we will continue to process on-line cases and transactions. UCPath online is fully available.

May 15, 2019

I want to extend my appreciation to you; as of April, 2018-2019 student work-study earnings are at over $9.4 million which otherwise would be aid offered to students as loans! Thank you very much for your assistance in helping Cal students remain as debt free as possible.

The Vice Chancellor Administration (VCA) has just announced year end deadlines for FY18-19 and is available on the VCA(link is external) 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).

May 10, 2019

We are pleased to announce the BEST region's High Five winners for April 2019! Please join us in congratulating our stellar colleagues on their amazing performance, efforts and hard work!

May 9, 2019

Here’s a brief overview of the changes:


Purchase Orders – Fast Track Approval

  • Catalog orders under $5,000 (increased from $1,000) skip Requisition Creator and Org Node approval steps
  • Non-catalog, Amount Only, Independent Contractor, and Service Requests forms under $1,000 (increased from $0.00) skip Requisition Creator and Org Node approval steps  
  • To qualify for the above, Shopping Carts must be complete (shipping address, valid chartstring)

Receiving Required 


Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System support is ending on Jan. 14, 2020. After this date machines running Windows 7 will not receive security updates and will be easy targets for hackers, malware, and viruses.

We need your help to get these machines upgraded or have a mitigation plan in place. Please forward this message out to any units you work with.


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:

Blu and BearBuy outage Friday 5/10, 6:00AM - 2:00PM - Blu and BearBuy will be undergoing some technical maintenance and will be unavailable. When Blu is down, access to BearBuy is also turned off.

May 1, 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 18, 2019

April 3, 2019

Excerpt from the 3/30 CalMessage from Marc Fisher, VC Administration and Jo Mackness, Interim AVC, Human Resources.

(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.

December 19, 2018

BEST Region Newsletter

December 2018 Edition

Latest and greatest regional news

Biology Region has a name: BEST - Biological & Environmental Science & Technology

BEST Region Launched at a Party on October 31st: