Report 2016-104 Recommendation 10 Responses

Report 2016-104: California Public Utilities Commission: It Should Reform Its Rules to Increase Transparency and Accountability, and Its Contracting Practices Do Not Align With Requirements or Best Practices (Release Date: September 2016)

Recommendation #10 To: Public Utilities Commission

The CPUC should update its general policy on responding to California Public Records Act requests so that the policy aligns with state law.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2018

In October 2017, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 17-09-023 in Phase 2A of R.14-11-001, adopting General Order 66-D and administrative processes for submission and release of potentially confidential information, including in response to Public Records Act requests. In Phase 2B of the proceeding, the Commission is focusing on substantive claims of confidentiality for information submitted to the Commission. The Commission held a March 29, 2018 workshop to explore these issues, with the goal of developing standard confidential treatment for certain categories/types of information submitted to the Commission. The eventual adoption of these so-called "confidentiality matrices" will help Public Records Act staff in the Legal Division to more efficiently respond to records requests that request confidential information.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 10/2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From November 2017

In rulemaking(R)14-11-001 the Commission continues to examine its procedures for responding to requests pursuant to CA Public Records Acts and will adopt policies that align with state laws.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending


1-Year Agency Response

In rulemaking(R)14-11-001 the Commission continues to examine its procedures for responding to requests pursuant to CA Public Records Acts and will adopt policies that align with state laws.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/30/17
  • Response Date: September 2017

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


6-Month Agency Response

In rulemaking(R)14-11-001 the Commission continues to examine its procedures for responding to requests pursuant to CA Public Records Acts and will adopt policies that align with state laws.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/2017
  • Response Date: March 2017

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


60-Day Agency Response

In rulemaking (R.) 14-11-001 the Commission is currently examining its procedures for responding to request pursuant to CA Public Records Acts and will adopt policies that align with state laws.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/2017
  • Response Date: November 2016

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


All Recommendations in 2016-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.