Report 2009-103 Recommendation 1 Responses

Report 2009-103: Departments of Health Care Services and Public Health: Their Actions Reveal Flaws in the State's Oversight of the California Constitution's Implied Civil Service Mandate and in the Departments' Contracting for Information Technology Services (Release Date: September 2009)

Recommendation #1 To: Health Care Services, Department of

To comply with requirements in the State Administrative Manual, Health Care Services should refrain from funding permanent full-time employees with the State's funding mechanism for temporary-help positions.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2015

DHCS has taken, and will continue to take, proactive steps to identify positions for those individuals in the temporary help blanket that requires a permanent position.

DHCS will endeavor to limit use of the temp help blanket to those instances which meet the definition in the SAM, Ch. 6500, Sect 6518. In addition, Budget Letter 12-03: Adjust Budget Display to Reflect Actual Expenditures and Eliminate Salary Savings issued March 12, 2012 grants additional flexibility to use blanket authority to fill positions beyond approved position authority on a temporary basis for operational needs.

Contrary to the BSA recommendation, it is not inappropriate to place permanent fulltime employees in the temp help blanket. There are a variety of instances and specifically provided for in SAM 6518 and Budget Letter 12-03 to place perm full-time employees in the temp help blanket and as such, DHCS reserves the right to continue as needed.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2013

DHCS has taken, and will continue to take, proactive steps to identify positions for those individuals in the temporary help blanket that requires a permanent position.

DHCS will endeavor to limit use of the temp help blanket to those instances which meet the definition in the SAM, Ch. 6500, Sect 6518. In addition, Budget Letter 12-03: Adjust Budget Display to Reflect Actual Expenditures and Eliminate Salary Savings issued March 12, 2012 grants additional flexibility to use blanket authority to fill positions beyond approved position authority on a temporary basis for operational needs. Contrary to the BSA recommendation, it is not inappropriate to place permanent fulltime employees in the temp help blanket. There are a variety of instances and specifically provided for in SAM 6518 and Budget Letter 12-03 to place perm full-time employees in the temp help blanket and as such, DHCS reserves the right to continue as needed.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2012

DHCS has taken, and will continue to take, proactive steps to identify positions for those individuals in the temporary help blanket that requires a permanent position.

DHCS will endeavor to limit use of the temp help blanket to those instances which meet the definition in the SAM, Ch. 6500, Sect 6518. In addition, Budget Letter 12-03: Adjust Budget Display to Reflect Actual Expenditures and Eliminate Salary Savings issued March 12, 2012 grants additional flexibility to use blanket authority to fill positions beyond approved position authority on a temporary basis for operational needs.

Contrary to the BSA recommendation, it is not inappropriate to place permanent fulltime employees in the temp help blanket. There are a variety of instances and specifically provided for in SAM 6518 and Budget Letter 12-03 to place perm full-time employees in the temp help blanket and as such, DHCS reserves the right to continue as needed.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement


All Recommendations in 2009-103

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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