Report 2015-503 Recommendation 4 Responses

Report 2015-503: Follow-Up—California Department of Social Services: It Has Not Corrected Previously Recognized Deficiencies in Its Oversight of Counties' Antifraud Efforts for the CalWORKs and CalFresh Programs (Release Date: June 2015)

Recommendation #4 To: Social Services, Department of

To ensure that all counties consistently gauge the cost-effectiveness of their early fraud detection activities and ongoing investigation efforts for the CalWORKs and CalFresh programs, Social Services should develop a formula to regularly perform a cost-effectiveness analysis using information that the counties currently submit. Specifically, this formula should measure the savings that a county achieves for each dollar spent on antifraud efforts.

Agency Response*

CDSS will convene a work group no later than January 30, 2017, in order to improve the accuracy of county codes (CCs). The work group can improve the accuracy of CCs by developing a better definition for each one, ensure CCs address early fraud or ongoing fraud for one program, and develop new CCs for unrelated activities currently claimed with one CC. CDSS also intends to revisit the savings formula distributed in All County Information Notice (ACIN) I-81-09. If, based on the assessment of CDSS staff that the assumptions of time on aid and other parts of the savings formula have to change, then the new assumptions will be used and new savings formula will be shared with the counties through a new ACIN.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: March 2017
  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is completing its assessment of cost data to determine if it is sufficient for inclusion in the cost savings methodology. The assessment includes a recommendation on how to use the cost data to update the cost savings methodology. The proposed revised methodology will be shared with stakeholders for review and comment and formally transmitted in an All County Letter (ACL). This process will take approximately three months.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: September 30, 2016
  • Response Date: June 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

CDSS gathered sample counties available cost data and is analyzing the data to determine if it is sufficient for inclusion in the cost savings methodology.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/16
  • Response Date: December 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

CDSS has selected sample counties whose available data will be reviewed to initiate the Departments' assessment.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2016
  • Response Date: August 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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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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