Report 2015-608 Recommendation 15 Responses

Report 2015-608: High Risk: State Departments Need to Improve Their Workforce and Succession Planning Efforts to Mitigate the Risks of Increasing Retirements (Release Date: May 2015)

Recommendation #15 To: Social Services, Department of

Social Services should update its existing workforce and succession plan by December 2015 to ensure that the department is adequately prepared for the retirement of a significant number of its highly experienced employees. The plan should include current best practices that meet its organizational needs.

Agency Response*

The plan has been completed to ensure that the Department is adequately prepared for the retirement of a significant number of our highly experienced employees. The plan includes current best practices that meet our organizational needs.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: June 2016
  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

CDSS has reviewed the completed succession plan from CPS HR Consulting, as stated in the response to Recommendation 11. Due to multiple internal changes, the plan will be revised to reflect current data and shifting needs. CDSS anticipates that this process will require until June 2016 to complete all updates and release a new, revised plan. Improved tracking, training and implementation practices will be created in tandem with plan revisions, resulting in a superior product, more efficient monitoring and targeted staff development.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2016
  • Response Date: May 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

Although the department is revising its succession plan, the department's response does not identify the status of its effort to update its workforce plan.


Agency Response*

CDSS continues development of a workforce and succession plan and has updated the estimated completion date to December 2015.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2015
  • Response Date: October 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

CDSS continues development of a workforce and succession plan, and has updated the estimated completion date to December 2015.

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