Report 2009-101 Recommendation 10 Responses

Report 2009-101: Department of Social Services: For the CalWORKs and Food Stamp Programs, It Lacks Assessments of Cost-Effectiveness and Misses Opportunities to Improve Counties' Antifraud Efforts (Release Date: November 2009)

Recommendation #10 To: Social Services, Department of

This recommendation has been superseded by a recommendation from a subsequent report. See 2015-503 #7.

Social Services should track how counties determine prosecution thresholds for welfare fraud cases and determine the effects of these thresholds on counties' decisions to investigate potential fraud, with a focus on determining best practices and cost-effective methods. It should then work with counties to implement the consistent use of these cost-effective methods.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From August 2015

See initial response.

  • Estimated Completion Date:

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: See 2015-503 #7 for the most current assessment

Social Services reasserts that there is no direct relationship between prosecution thresholds and counties' decisions to investigate welfare fraud. However, and as we explained in our comments on the initial response that Social Services provided in the follow-up audit report, Social Services has not taken any action to track how counties determine prosecution thresholds and the effects those thresholds on counties' decisions to investigate potential welfare fraud. We continue to expect Social Services to demonstrate the presence or absence of this effect through an analysis of actual county practices, rather than through supposition.


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2014

During the IEVS compliance review, CDSS obtains county established thresholds for prosecution. This threshold determines which fully investigated cases will be referred for prosecution. However, since there is no direct relationship between the prosecution threshold criteria and the county's determination to investigate potential fraud, CDSS concludes that there is no further action needed.

  • Completion Date: January 2012

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented

Social Services did not provide any documentation to substantiate that prosecution thresholds for welfare fraud cases do not have any effect on counties' decisions to investigate potential fraud.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2013

Partially Implemented/Estimated Completion Date: November 30, 2015. The CDSS Fraud Bureau is working on surveying the counties and collecting data on prosecution thresholds for welfare fraud cases. The data will be analyzed to determine county cost-effectiveness and best practice methods. The CDSS Fraud Bureau will share the cost-effective methods as part of the county review process.

  • Estimated Completion Date: November 30, 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2012

Please see response to Recommendation No. 2.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented


All Recommendations in 2009-101

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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