Report 2015-047 Recommendation 8 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 #8 To: Bar of California, State

To increase the transparency and comparability of its financial information, the State Bar should disclose the reasons for any significant changes to program costs.

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

see 60-day response

  • Estimated Completion Date: 1/31/17
  • Response Date: November 2016

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

60-Day Agency Response

Explanations regarding significant changes to program costs are included in the 2015 audited financial statement. Staff also updated the General Accounting Policies to include this required procedure for future financial reporting practices. The State Bar's 2017 budget submission will reflect full implementation of these new disclosure practices.

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

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

The State Bar plans to submit supporting documentation at its 6 month response.

All Recommendations in 2015-047

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.