To efficiently locate records pertinent to the Parental Fee Program, Developmental Services should update its retention policy and centralize all the files and records supporting the program.
The PFP retention schedule previously reported as pending was approved effective December 31, 2015, and is now in effect. In addition, physical records used in all of program's rating activities are now maintained in the Sacramento headquarters office intact and in a secure location and will be maintained in this state until scanned for digital retention. This recommendation is fully implemented.
The Department's document retention schedule has been submitted for review and is currently pending final approval. The Department will continue use of its current electronic file archiving system under greater audit and management oversight control. Additionally, program staff now retains all physical program documents used in fee assessment and program administration functions until an audit has been completed by internal program personnel to ensure imaging has been verified. Document retention requirements are now part of the revised Process and Procedures manual.
Although Developmental Services has included statements in its policies and procedures manual that mention the retention schedule, it has yet to formalize a retention schedule.
The Department continues to explore IT solutions which will meet this need, along with overall program administration and billing functions within current resources. Document scanning and retention has been an area of focus for program staff.
60-Day Report Response: The Department is continuing its assessment of the document retention policies and currently is exploring IT solutions that will meet program's ongoing needs for document retention. Additionally, the Department is reviewing its formal policy for document retention requirements relating to program needs and will define those requirements in the updated program manual.
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