UT-Austin investigating former procurement official after review finds irregularities

UT-Austin investigating former procurement official after review finds irregularities

November 27, 2019

The former assistant vice president is the second University of Texas official to face scrutiny in recent months for allegedly running afoul of the university’s financial processes. He now holds a similar position with Austin ISD.

The University of Texas at Austin is investigating financial irregularities tied to a former procurement director who resigned from the system flagship in mid-April and now holds a similar position at the Austin Independent School District.

An internal UT review found that Felix Alvarez, former assistant vice president for procurement, business and payment services, double-dipped on travel funds, may have misused purchasing cards and raffled off athletic tickets for personal gain, costing the university several thousand dollars, according to one source who has seen the document. The review has not been released publicly and appears to be related to a university police investigation.

Alvarez did not respond to requests for comment.

In August and September, The Texas Tribune requested memorandums and reports about UT’s procurement practices and the university’s assistant vice president for procurement — the position Alvarez held until April. But the university’s police department objected to releasing the information because “it relates to and is being utilized in the investigation of an ongoing criminal investigation,” according to a letter sent from a UT System lawyer to the Texas attorney general’s office. The Tribune received the letter as part of the public information request process.

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