Report 2005-123 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report 2005-123: Department of Corporations: It Needs Stronger Oversight of Its Operations and More Efficient Processing of License Applications and Complaints (Release Date: January 2007)

Recommendation #3 To: Corporations, Department of

To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its system for collecting actual performance measure information, Corporations should ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information in its automated systems by requiring staff to enter the information and requiring supervisors to review it periodically. For data not currently available in automated format, Corporations should develop stronger procedures to ensure that staff accurately report and supervisors review the information. To make better use of staff time, Corporations should consider calculating and reporting performance measures quarterly, rather than monthly, until it has a more efficient data collection system.

1-Year Agency Response

Corporations indicated it has implemented procedures that require staff to confirm the accuracy of information posted in its automated systems prior to exiting the system. Further, Corporations stated that under its new procedures managers or supervisors will review source documents on a sample basis and ensure that information on the source documents matches information in the electronic file. Managers and supervisors will also review their automated systems monthly for blank fields and request that staff research and complete the data fields with the appropriate information. Further, Corporations indicated that managers will counsel and provide training to employees who consistently make errors when posting information to the automated systems.

Additionally, Corporations stated that it modified its procedures that previously allowed more than one complaint file to be created in the data system for the same complaint. Among other things, these procedures require a supervisor to review the listing of complaints for duplicate files. Additional procedures are also being developed for the review of other data related to complaints. Finally, Corporations stated that its legal counsel will perform a monthly review of the data fields in the Enforcement Case Management System to ensure that all fields are completed and any deficiencies will be discussed with the assigned counsel and the correct information will be posted in the system. (See 2009-406, p. 31).

  • Response Date: January 2008

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

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Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.