Report 2012-121.2 Recommendation 10 Responses

Report 2012-121.2: Department of Parks and Recreation: Flaws in Its Budget Allocation Processes Hinder Its Ability to Effectively Manage the Park System (Release Date: September 2013)

Recommendation #10 To: Parks and Recreation, Department of

To prevent unauthorized leave buyback transactions, the department should increase the level of supervisory review to ensure that transactions unit staff process only authorized and properly coded leave buyback transactions.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From September 2015

In addition to any procedures established by control agencies (Department of Finance, State Controller's Office, etc.), State Parks requires additional Transaction Supervisory review for all cash out of leave balances. Transaction's Supervisors review and provide signature approval on leave buy back documents. Once review is obtained, Transaction's Specialists are authorized to key the transaction.

Attachment I:

Leave Accounting Letter #12-016

  • Completion Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented

1-Year Agency Response

The Department has changed our procedure. Only the Director or his/her designee can approve the Departments participation in a Leave Buyback Program authorized by CalHR and DOF.

  • Completion Date: September 2014
  • Response Date: September 2014

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

The department misunderstood our recommendation. Specifically, we recommended the department increase its supervisory review of transactions unit staff to ensure leave buybacks were authorized and properly coded. We appreciate the department's response in that the director is required to approve the department's participation in leave buyback programs authorized by the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Finance. However, for other buyback, such as those included in bargaining unit agreements, we believe proper oversight and supervisory review within payroll and the administrative services division would be appropriate.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

6-Month Agency Response

The memo issued, and subsequent training, outlined the increased supervisory review of Leave Cash-Out/Buy Back transactions.

When needed, Transactions staff will prepare a separation checklist which includes leave credit cash out information. The separation checklist will be submitted to a Transactions Supervisor or Manager for review and approval prior to cashing out the leave credits. The Transactions Supervisor or Manager will initial his/her approval on the separation checklist and return it to staff for processing.

  • Completion Date: January 2014
  • Response Date: March 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented

Although the department has prepared a checklist that includes various levels of supervisory review, the checklist does not include a section that describes how the leave buyback is authorized (i.e. bargaining unit contract section). Without this information, the supervisory review cannot effectively ensure only authorized buyback transactions are processed.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

60-Day Agency Response

The Department has written procedures that reiterate the conditions under which leave cash out can be approved and the consequences for policy violations. These procedures will be used to update the applicable section(s) of the Department Administrative Manual.

  • Completion Date: November 2013
  • Response Date: November 2013

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

Although it asserts that it has written procedures that reiterate the conditions under which leave cash out can be approved and consequences for policy violations, the department has not provided us with a copy of its procedures to substantiate its claim that the recommendation is fully implemented.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

All Recommendations in 2012-121.2

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.