This recommendation has been superseded by a recommendation from a subsequent report.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.
CDSS has selected sample counties whose available data will be reviewed to initiate our assessment.
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.
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.
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.
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.