Report 2016-139 Recommendation Responses
Report 2016-139: California Department of Education: It Has Not Ensured That School Food Authorities Comply With the Federal Buy American Requirement (Release Date: July 2017)
Recommendation for Legislative Action
To ensure effective oversight of the meal programs and to increase public transparency, the Legislature should require Education to track school food authorities' purchases of foreign-sourced food items and to post to its website the school food authorities that purchase foreign-sourced food items, the types of food items they purchase, and the countries of origin of the food items they purchase.
Description of Legislative Action
SB 730 (Pan, Chapter 571, Statutes of 2017) would have implemented this recommendation, but was substantially amended. As enacted, this statute requires the California Department of Education to take certain actions to monitor and enforce the Buy American provision that are authorized by and conform to federal law.
- Legislative Action Current As-of: November 2017