Report 2012-037 Recommendation 2 Responses

Report 2012-037: Department of Housing and Community Development: Awards of Housing Bond Funds Are Appropriate, but Cash Balances Are High and Monitoring Continues to Need Improvement (Release Date: October 2012)

Recommendation #2 To: Housing and Community Development, Department of

Going forward, to the extent that Finance or HCD believes the State needs to issue bonds in excess of cash needs, it should document an analysis demonstrating the appropriateness of the bond sale amount and the circumstances.

60-Day Agency Response

HCD stated that it agrees with our recommendations and will fully document any special circumstance that may require bonds to be issued in excess of the immediate cash need. HCD stated that Finance requests a Bond Cash Flow Analysis (drill) twice per year. As part of HCD's processes and procedures for this drill, HCD indicated that documentation is available that demonstrates whether or not it recommends a bond sale. HCD explained that it will now document the considerations and circumstances should Finance's final bond decision not match HCD's bond recommendation. According to HCD, Finance has the full authority over this process and makes the final decision on whether or not a bond sale is initiated. HCD stated that as the need arises, it will document the decisions and considerations made during these drills and that it will maintain the documentation and present the material when necessary. (See 2013-406, p. 108)

  • Response Date: December 2012

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2012-037

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.