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Costing Policy & Analysis (formerly Financial Analysis Office)

Welcome to the Costing Policy and Analysis Office at UC San Diego.


The goal of the Costing Policy and Analysis Office is to promote policies, strategies, and budgeting or accounting practices that will improve campus cost reimbursement, result in campus cost savings, and avoid cost disallowances, particularly in relation to sponsored activities and externally financed capital projects.


  • Overseeing the systems used to calculate indirect cost rates for sponsored research, instruction, and other sponsored activities
  • Developing and negotiating indirect cost rate proposals, including developing strategies, alternate allocation methods, and campus procedures for maximizing indirect cost recovery that comply with OMB Circular A-21, relevant federal regulations, and university policies
  • Conducting ad-hoc cost studies and creating statistical allocation tables to ensure that direct and indirect costs are equitably allocated
  • Analysing and responding to proposed federal regulation changes that may impact campus recovery or rates
  • Manages the campus recharge activities review process, developes and matains the campus recharge policies and procedures, establishing and revising the overhead rate used for sales and services to non-university customers, and helping departments develop and refine recharge costing practices
  • Managing campus debt capacity, and coordinating all external financing on capital projects
  • Reporting all facility revenue and debt service and facility operating expenses for research revenue bond (Garamendi) projects
  • Analysing budget and finance issues, such as utilities budget formulas, or financing of research facilities, including recommending  systemwide and campus data collection and computer systems and drafting position papers
  • Developing enhancements to the comprehensive rate information system used at all UC campuses
  • Consulting with campus staff and departments, organized research units, and service centers regarding costing issues and federal regulations

Contact Us:

Danielle Powers, Executive Director
Lizette Ou, Senior Manager
Elliot Kim, Associate Director
Elise Lyn, Lead Student Assistant


10280 N. Torrey Pines Rd., 4th Floor
La Jolla, CA 92037

Mailing Address:
9500 Gilman Dr., MC 0951
La Jolla, CA 92093-0951

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