Report 2016-129 Recommendation 13 Responses

Report 2016-129: K-12 High Speed Network: Improved Budgeting, Greater Transparency, and Increased Oversight Are Needed to Ensure That the Network Is Providing Reliable Services at the Lowest Cost to the State (Release Date: May 2017)

Recommendation #13 To: Imperial County Office of Education

To ensure efficient use of state funds, ICOE should conduct a cost and benefit analysis of its memorandum of understanding with the Butte County Office of Education to determine whether it represents the most cost-effective approach to providing the program activities it covers.

6-Month Agency Response

ICOE has taken steps to implement this recommendation. ICOE plans to develop an RFQ that will assist in assessing other means of accomplishing the work currently undertaken by Butte County Office of Education. The results will be utilized in ICOE's cost-benefit analysis to determine whether the current approach to providing E-rate support to school districts across the State is sound or whether there are other more effective means to accomplishing this support.

  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2018
  • Response Date: November 2017

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

60-Day Agency Response

ICOE has held conversations with Butte COE relative to the partnership and support role Butte COE has played, as well as the services provided to the K12HSN program by Butte COE. The services required have changed over time and a review of the current deliverables is appropriate. ICOE, in conjunction with Education, will determine the appropriate scope of work and explore alternative scenarios for providing the needed activities and services. Either the Network Implementation Committee, a third party consultant, or an internal team will conduct an analysis of the potential alternatives for meeting the program goals and the costs applicable to each option. The results of the cost-benefit analysis will be provided in a future response

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 2017
  • Response Date: July 2017

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

All Recommendations in 2016-129

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.