Report 2009-101 Recommendation 3 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 #3 To: Social Services, Department of

This recommendation has been superseded by a recommendation from a subsequent report. See 2015-503 #6.

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 seek to replicate the most cost-effective practices among all counties.

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 #6 for the most current assessment


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2014

Partially Corrected. CDSS will be adding program integrity resource materials to the CDSS website by December 2014 for statewide use. These materials include program integrity policy and operational guidelines, training tools, and contact information. The website may include anti-fraud cost effective practices. However, because CDSS recognizes that a strategy that works well in one county may not be as effective in another county, the Department will share the best practices but not require that counties replicate specific practices.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2014

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


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2013

Partially Implemented/Estimated Completion Date: October 31, 2013. The implementation of the extranet site will provide counties training and instructional materials that can be used as additional tools to support and improve cost-effectiveness. It is anticipated the extranet site will be available for use by October 31, 2013.

  • 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 CDSS' extranet site is in the final design and testing phase. The CDSS is concurrently preparing a letter to the Special Investigative Units (SIUs) that will communicate the purpose of the extranet and usage instructions. Deployment of the extranet is anticipated for January 2013. The extranet site will be a repository for counties to post their best practices and training on fraud investigations, Income Eligibility and Verification System (IVES) process, etc.

  • Estimated Completion Date: January 2013

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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