California State Auditor

Report 2009-043 Highlights - November 2009

Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun:

It Needs to Develop Procedures and Controls Over Its Operations and Finances to Ensure That It Complies With Legal Requirements

HIGHLIGHTS

Our review of the form, functions, and finances of the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun (board) revealed the following:

  • The board did not consistently adhere to state law when licensing pilots. In one case, it licensed a pilot 28 days before he received a required physical examination; he piloted vessels 18 times during this period.
  • The board renewed some pilots' licenses even though the pilots had received physical examinations from physicians the board had not appointed and, in one case, renewed a license for a pilot who had not had a physical examination that year.
  • Of the 24 investigations we reviewed, 17 went beyond the 90-day statutory deadline for completion.
  • The board did not investigate reports of suspected safety standard violations of pilot boarding equipment, as required by law.
  • The board failed to ensure that all pilots completed required training within specified time frames.
  • The board lacked a procedure, required in state law, for access to confidential information, and it released information to the public that included a pilot's home address and Social Security number.
  • The board did not ensure that some of its members and investigators filed required statements of economic interests.
  • The board did not approve several changes to the rates pilots charge for their services, as required by law.
  • The board paid for business-class airfare for pilots attending training in France, which may constitute a misuse of public funds.














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