Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting and on Compliance and Other Matters Based on an Audit of Financial Statements Performed in Accordance With Government Auditing Standards
Independent Auditor’s Report
The Governor and the Legislature of the State of California
We have audited, in accordance with the auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, the financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the State of California as of and for the year ended June 30, 2015, and the related notes to the financial statements, which collectively comprise the State’s basic financial statements, and have issued our report thereon dated March 11, 2016. Our report includes a reference to other auditors who audited the financial statements of the following, as described in our report on the State’s financial statements:
Government-wide Financial Statements
- Certain enterprise funds that, in the aggregate, represent 78 percent of the assets and deferred outflows and 36 percent of the revenues of the business-type activities.
- The University of California and the California Housing Finance Agency that represent 93 percent of the assets and deferred outflows, and 94 percent of the revenues of the discretely presented component units.
Fund Financial Statements
- The Safe Drinking Water State Revolving fund, that represents 16 percent of the assets and deferred outflows, and 5 percent of the additions, revenues, and other financing sources of the Environmental and Natural Resources fund, a major governmental fund.
- The following major enterprise funds: Electric Power fund, Water Resources fund, State Lottery fund, and California State University fund.
- The Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corporation, the Public Building Construction, the Public Employees’ Retirement, the State Teachers’ Retirement, the State Water Pollution Control, and the 1943 Veterans Farm and Home Building funds, that represent 86 percent of the assets and deferred outflows, and 33 percent of the additions, revenues, and other financing sources of the aggregate remaining fund information.
- The discretely presented component units noted above.
This report does not include the results of the other auditors’ testing of internal control over financial reporting or compliance and other matters that are reported on separately by those auditors. The financial statements of the Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corporation, the Public Building Construction, the Public Employees’ Retirement, the State Lottery, and the 1943 Veterans Farm and Home Building funds were not audited in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.
Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
In planning and performing our audit of the financial statements, we considered the State of California’s internal control over financial reporting (internal control) to determine the audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances for the purpose of expressing our opinions on the financial statements, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the State’s internal control. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion on the effectiveness of the State’s internal control.
Our consideration of internal control was for the limited purpose described in the preceding paragraph and was not designed to identify all deficiencies in internal control that might be material weaknesses or significant deficiencies and therefore, material weaknesses or significant deficiencies may exist that were not identified. However, we identified a deficiency in internal control that we consider to be a material weakness as described in the accompanying section entitled Internal Control and Compliance Issues Applicable to the Financial Statements and State Requirements.
A deficiency in internal control exists when the design or operation of a control does not allow management or employees, in the normal course of performing their assigned functions, to prevent, or detect and correct, misstatements on a timely basis. A material weakness is a deficiency, or combination of deficiencies, in internal control such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis. A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance.
Compliance and Other Matters
As part of obtaining reasonable assurance about whether the State of California’s financial statements are free from material misstatement, we performed tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements, noncompliance with which could have a direct and material effect on the determination of financial statement amounts. However, providing an opinion on compliance with those provisions was not an objective of our audit, and accordingly, we do not express such an opinion. The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
Entity’s Responses to Findings
The State of California’s response to the finding identified in our audit is described in the accompanying section on Internal Control and Compliance Issues Applicable to the Financial Statements and State Requirements. The State’s response was not subjected to the auditing procedures applied in the audit and, accordingly, we express no opinion on it.
Purpose of this Report
The purpose of this report is solely to describe the scope of our testing of internal control and compliance and the result of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the effectiveness of the State’s internal control or on compliance. This report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering the State’s internal control and compliance. Accordingly, this communication is not suitable for any other purpose.
CALIFORNIA STATE AUDITOR
JOHN F. COLLINS II, CPA
Deputy State Auditor
March 11, 2016