Report 2013-101 Data Reliability Assessments

Fish and Wildlife, Department of
Description of Data Agency Purpose of Data
The Department of Fish and Wildlife's (Fish and Wildlife) data as maintained in the California Department of Finance's CALSTARS

An automated organization and program cost-accounting system to accurately and systematically account for all revenue, expenditures, receipts, disbursements, and property of the State.

Magnitude of Data

Fish and Wildlife's labor expense reports from July 2009 through June 2013 total more than $711 million and its historical transaction reports total more than $1.4 billion.

Purpose of Testing Data Reliability Determination

To compile the Restoration Fund's funding sources and expenditures by major category for fiscal years 2010-11 through 2012-13.

Sufficiently Reliable—We performed data-set verification procedures and did not identify any issues. We did not perform traditional accuracy and completeness testing of these data. However, to gain reasonable assurance of the data's accuracy and completeness, we compared Fish and Wildlife's CALSTARS data to invoices, employee timesheets, and financial records obtained from the California State Controller's Office. We did not identify any material errors. As a result, we determined there is minimal risk related to the accuracy and completeness of the data. Thus, the use of this data to compile the Restoration Fund's funding sources and expenditures, by major category for fiscal years 2010-11 through 2012-13, would not lead to an incorrect or unintentional message.

Corrective Action Recommended Status of Corrective Action
We did not recommend corrective action. N/A

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