Report 2015-030 Recommendation 12 Responses

Report 2015-030: State Bar of California: It Has Not Consistently Protected the Public Through Its Attorney Discipline Process and Lacks Accountability (Release Date: June 2015)

Recommendation #12 To: Bar of California, State

To ensure that it can justify future expenditures that exceed a certain dollar level, such as capital or IT projects that cost more than $2 million, the State Bar should implement a policy that requires accurate cost-benefit analyses comparing relevant cost estimates. The policy should include a requirement that the State Bar present the analyses to the board to ensure that it has the information necessary to make appropriate and cost-effective decisions. In addition, the State Bar should be clear about the sources of funds it will use to pay for each project.

Agency Response*

At its July 2016 meeting, the board adopted a policy that for all contracts, projects, and expenditures reasonably expected to exceed $2,000,000, State Bar staff must develop and present a written cost-benefit analysis to the board. The policy requires action by the board or the relevant board committee to affirmatively approve the contract, project, or expenditure. All such cost-benefit analyses must discuss a recommended course of action and alternatives. (Agenda Item 147 JULY 13 2015.)

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Completion Date: July 2015
  • Response Date: August 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully 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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