Report 2022-110R Recommendation 5 Responses
Report 2022-110R: Charter School Facility Grant Program and Conduit Financing Program: The Programs Are Generally Achieving Their Purpose of Increasing Charter Schools' Access to Facility Funding (Release Date: February 2023)
Recommendation #5 To: Treasurer, State
To ensure that charter schools are appropriately disclosing information about related parties as part of the Facility Grant Program application process, CSFA should annually review a sample of applications to determine whether charter schools correctly reported that their lessors were not related.
6-Month Agency Response
As stated above, if AB 1604 is enacted, CSFA will move forward accordingly with any changes to the definition of related party. How that definition impacts our review of a sample of applications to determine whether charter schools correctly reported that their lessors were not related will be determined at that time.
- Estimated Completion Date: July 1, 2025
- Response Date: August 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
60-Day Agency Response
Under current program regulations, applicants are required to provide all information requested for CSFA to determine eligibility, including related party certification. Schools are not awarded until they provide all necessary information. The aforementioned FPPC guidance will potentially have effects on, or information related to, this suggested review as it correlates with conflict-of-interest laws. Pending the FPPC guidance, CSFA expects any changes related to audit procedures to be made during the 2023-24 funding round and become effective for the 2024-25 funding round. CSFA will also work with the Office of Administrative Law on any needed regulatory guidance.
- Estimated Completion Date: 4/1/2024
- Response Date: April 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
CSFA's response suggests a holistic approach to addressing this recommendation, which may in part benefit from guidance about potential conflicts of interest or changes to its regulations. However, we believe that CSFA should take steps to implement this recommendation now to ensure that charter schools correctly reported that they were not related to their lessors.
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.