Report 2010-121 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 2010-121: Foster Family Home and Small Family Home Insurance Fund: Expanding Its Coverage Will Increase Costs and the Department of Social Services Needs to Improve Its Management of the Insurance Fund (Release Date: September 2011)
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To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State's limited resources, Social Services should use these claims and expenditure data to determine the annual appropriation amount needed for the insurance fund to meet its anticipated liabilities.
To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State's limited resources, Social Services should establish a written policy or procedures to guide staff on the appropriate methodology to use when calculating these anticipated liabilities.
To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State's limited resources, Social Services should establish an adequate reserve amount for the insurance fund and reevaluate it annually.
To mitigate foster parents’ concerns about liability and to increase the likelihood that they will continue to serve as foster parents, Social Services should develop more effective methods to inform and remind licensed homes about the availability of the insurance fund.
To comply with state law and improve the timeliness of claims processing, Social Services should ensure that General Services approves or rejects all claims within the mandated 180-day deadline.
To comply with state law and improve the timeliness of claims processing, Social Services should require General Services to ensure that claimants receive prompt notification of its decision to approve or reject their claims.
To ensure that the insurance fund makes the most efficient use of the State’s limited resources, Social Services should ensure that General Services provides it with all the claims information specified in the interagency agreement.