Report 2009-101 Recommendation 15 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 #15 To: Social Services, Department of
This recommendation has been superseded by a recommendation from a subsequent report. See 2015-503 #13.
To expedite the distribution of the $42.1 million in food stamp overpayment collections to the appropriate entities, Social Services should continue to work with the USDA and make its reconciliation of the backlog of overpayments a priority. Further, it should develop procedures to ensure that it promptly reconciles future overpayments. Additionally, Social Services should continue to monitor the counties collection reports to ensure that counties are reporting accurate information.
1-Year Agency Response
Social Services indicates that as of June 2010 all overpayment collections were recovered. The total overpayment collections changed from $42.1 million to $39.8 million due to adjustments and revisions. As for the interest that counties earned while holding these funds, Social Services indicated it collected and forwarded $465,000 to the federal government and that it is working with counties to collect the remaining interest earnings. Social Services also reports implementing a process to ensure the quarterly reconciliations are done timely and accurately. Finally, during the IEVS reviews, Social Services indicates staff are reviewing the accuracy of counties collection reports. (2011-406, p. 213).
- Response Date: November 2010
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: See 2015-503 #13 for the most current assessment
Subsequent to the original publication of this response, the state auditor considered this recommendation to be fully implemented.
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.