Report 2009-103 Recommendation 11 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 #11 To: Health Care Services, Department of

To ensure that Finance and relevant legislative budget subcommittees are able to assess its need for additional IT positions, Health Care Services should prepare BCPs that provide more accurate depictions of the departments existing conditions.

1-Year Agency Response

Health Care Services stated that it strives to provide clear and precise BCPs and that it would continue to provide training to staff on the preparation of BCPs, based on guidance from Finance, that are accurate and complete. Health Care Services also stated that it moved all of the individuals identified by the audit out of temporary-help positions and into newly authorized positions and provided us with a report indicating the same. However, we requested that Health Care Services provide this report for the department as a whole and found—as of November 2010—other permanent full-time employees in temporary-help positions. Four of these employees had been in these positions for more than one year. Health Care Services stated that it will endeavor to limit the use of temporary-help positions to those instances that meet the definition in the State Administrative Manual. (2011-406, p. 88)

  • Response Date: September 2010

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

Subsequent to the original publication of this response, the state auditor considered this recommendation to be fully implemented.

All Recommendations in 2009-103

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.