Report 2015-047 Recommendation 12 Responses

Report 2015-047: The State Bar of California: Its Lack of Transparency Has Undermined Its Communications With Decision Makers and Stakeholders (Release Date: May 2016)

Recommendation #12 To: Bar of California, State

To ensure it informs stakeholders of conditions that may affect its policy and programmatic decisions, the State Bar should concisely present its budget assumptions and methodology in the final budget document it provides to its board and the Legislature.

1-Year Agency Response

See State Bar's 2017 budget submission which reflects implementation of this recommendation.

  • Completion Date: March 2017
  • Response Date: May 2017

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

6-Month Agency Response

Due to uncertainties regarding the level of Bar funding for 2017, the proposed budget for that year to be submitted on November 15, 2016, will reflect very few changes from the 2016 adopted budget. The November budget submission will essentially be a placeholder document pending the Court's decision on the Bar's fee authorization request. The 2017 final budget to be submitted in February, 2017, will include budget assumptions and methodology.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 3/1/17
  • Response Date: December 2016

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

60-Day Agency Response

Budget assumptions and methodology for deriving same will be fully documented in the Bar's 2017 budget submission.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 1/31/2017
  • Response Date: July 2016

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

We will review the implementation of this recommendation in 2017.

All Recommendations in 2015-047

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.