Report 2008-115 Recommendations

When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.

Recommendations in Report 2008-115: Department of Fish and Game: Its Limited Success in Identifying Viable Projects and Its Weak Controls Reduce the Benefit of Revenues From Sales of the Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp (Release Date: October 2008)

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Recommendations to Fish and Wildlife, Department of
Number Recommendation Status
1

To ensure that the fish stamp program fulfills its intended benefit, Fish and Game should work with the committee to develop a spending plan that focuses on identifying and funding viable projects and on monitoring revenues to assist Fish and Game in effectively using the fish stamp revenues.

Fully Implemented
2

To track and report project costs adequately, Fish and Game should improve the tracking of individual project expenditures by assigning each fish stamp project its own project cost account within the accounting system.

Fully Implemented
3

To track and report project costs adequately, Fish and Game should require that project managers approve all expenditures directly related to their projects. Project managers should periodically reconcile to accounting records the records for their respective projects and should report expenditures to the staff responsible for preparing the advisory committee reports.

Fully Implemented
4

To make certain that it provides complete and accurate information to the committee, Fish and Game should, at least annually, provide the committee with written reports of actual project expenditures and detailed information on project status as well as total administrative expenditures.

Fully Implemented
5

To make certain that it provides complete and accurate information to the committee, Fish and Game should ensure that the information it communicates to the committee is accurate.

Fully Implemented
6

Fish and Game should reimburse its general fund appropriation for the lease payments that should have been paid from the fish stamp account.

Fully Implemented
7

To ensure that employees appropriately charge their time to fish stamp projects, Fish and Game should provide guidelines to Fish and Game employees concerning when to charge activities to the fish stamp account.

Fully Implemented
8

To ensure that employees appropriately charge their time to fish stamp projects, Fish and Game should discontinue the current practice of charging payroll costs to the fish stamp account for employee activities we identified as not pertaining to the program. In addition, Fish and Game should determine whether it inappropriately charged any other expenditures to the fish stamp account and make the necessary accounting adjustments.

Fully Implemented


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