Report 2012-105 Recommendation 6 Responses

Report 2012-105: Departments of Public Health and Social Services: Weaknesses in the Administration of the Child Health and Safety Fund and the State Children's Trust Fund Limit Their Effectiveness (Release Date: November 2012)

Recommendation #6 To: Public Health, Department of

To comply with the State Contracting Manual, if Public Health chooses to use contractors for the Kids' Plates Program, it should direct its staff to substantiate the expenditures contractors claim. For example, Public Health could ask the contractors to submit for review detailed records substantiating all or a sample of their invoices.

Agency Response*

In a January 17, 2013, email to all Administrative Unit staff, CDPH instituted a new policy requiring a periodic review of detailed expenditures on Kid's Plate invoices. Branch management will reinforce the policy with each of the four project coordinators as part of a project orientation scheduled for December 19, 2013.

A June 18, 2013, memo to all Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion staff requires periodic, detailed reviews of contract expenditures. In addition, CDPH requires the new Kid's Plate contractors to submit detailed receipts with their June invoices.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: July 2013
  • Response Date: December 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

SAC has instituted a new policy requiring a periodic review of detailed expenditures on KP invoices. A January 18, 2013 email outlines this new policy for all Administrative Unit staff (Attachment K). Branch management will reinforce the policy with each of the four new project coordinators as part of a project orientation to take place after the contracts are fully executed (July- August 2013).

By June 20, 2013, the Deputy Director, CCDPHP, will issue a memo (Attachment D) that includes a directive to institute periodic, detailed reviews of contract expenditures.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/20/2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

Public Health stated that the branch instituted a new policy requiring a periodic review of detailed expenditures on Kid's Plate Program invoices and sent an e-mail outlining the policy to all administrative staff on January 17, 2013. Public Health also stated that the branch will reinforce the policy with each of the three new project coordinators as part of a project orientation to take place after the contracts are fully executed in April or May 2013.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Response Date: January 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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