Report 2009-101 Recommendation 2 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 #2 To: Social Services, Department of

This recommendation has been superseded by a recommendation from a subsequent report. See 2015-503 #5.

To make certain that counties receive the greatest benefit from the resources they spend on antifraud efforts related to CalWORKs and food stamp cases, Social Services should, using the results from the recommended cost-effectiveness analysis, determine why some counties' efforts to combat welfare fraud are more cost-effective than others.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From August 2015

CDSS has selected sample counties whose available data will be reviewed to initiate our assessment.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: See 2015-503 #5 for the most current assessment


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2014

Since 2012, CDSS has generated county specific cost analysis reports using the formula developed in 2009. These reports are shared and discussed with the counties as part of the Income and Eligibility Verification System (IEVS) compliance reviews. Any best practices identified during that discussion is then shared at regional roundtables with county concurrence and for similarly situated counties. CDSS has determined this recommendation to be fully implemented.

  • Completion Date: January 2012

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

Social Services failed to provide any documentation to support the actions it describes in its response.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2013

Partially Implemented/Estimated Completion Date: October 31, 2013. CDSS will analyze the data from the Report to identify those counties who are generating high program savings or reducing improper payments thru effective fraud prevention efforts. This data is yet another tool that assists CDSS to identify and share county best practices which contribute to cost-effective anti-fraud efforts. Please also see the responses to Recommendations #8 and #9.

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 31, 2013

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


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2012

The state received federal approval and funding for its system approach to implement federal health care reform under the Affordability Care Act (ACA). Because the federal ACA rules require the establishment of an automated system for eligibility with access to federal and state verification source data, the Administration is exploring whether it will be able to leverage verification processes that will be built for California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System (CalHEERS).

  • 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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