Report 2016-126 Recommendation 26 Responses
Report 2016-126: California Department of Social Services: Its Caregiver Background Check Bureau Lacks Criminal History Information It Needs to Protect Vulnerable Populations in Licensed Care Facilities (Release Date: March 2017)
Recommendation #26 To: Social Services, Department of
To ensure that regional offices pursue legal actions in a timely manner, by July 2017 Social Services' headquarters should identify a resource—such as a unit—to monitor and follow up with the regional offices regarding the status of their legal actions related to substantiated address matches of registered sex offenders at licensed facilities.
6-Month Agency Response
Further analysis of this issue has determined that a Statement of Facts required for legal actions is only necessary if the RSO appeals (see prior Attachment 5 and Attachment K). Follow-up tracking on RSO legal actions and reporting to the Deputy Director is provided if any RSO appeals are received.
- Completion Date: July 2017
- Response Date: November 2017
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
Social Services has not provided documentation showing that it is tracking registered sex offender legal action information. During our audit, we identified two instances in which regional offices were not progressing with legal action in cases where a substantiated match had occurred and the headquarters office was unaware that these actions were not moving forward. We look forward to reviewing evidence that Social Services is tracking the status of legal actions related to substantiated address matches of registered sex offenders at its one-year response.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
60-Day Agency Response
The Department has developed a tool that provides a uniform process to track the status of Registered Sex Offenders by the Program Administrators. Beginning July 2017, the Deputy Director will receive regular reports on the status of Registered Sex Offenders. (See Attachment 5.)
- Estimated Completion Date: July 2017
- Response Date: May 2017
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.