Report I2010-2 All Recommendation Responses

Report I2010-2: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: Delay in Reassigning an Incompetent Psychiatrist, Misuse of State Resources, Failure to Protect the Security of Confidential Documents, Theft of Registration Fees, and Other Violations of State Law (Release Date: January 2011)

Case Number I2007-0887

Recommendation #1 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Corrections should take appropriate disciplinary actions against the employee and pursue collection efforts for the compensation she did not earn.

Agency Response From November 2017

As stated in previous years, Corrections has declined to implement this response.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


Agency Response From October 2016

As stated previously, Corrections has declined to implement this recommendation.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


Agency Response From October 2015

As stated previously, Corrections has declined to implement this recommendation.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


Agency Response From December 2014

As Corrections stated previously that it declined to implement this recommendation, we have modified the status of its response accordingly.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


Agency Response From November 2013

Corrections maintains its position that the employee did not engage in misconduct. Accordingly, it is declining to implement this recommendation.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken


Agency Response From September 2012

Corrections reported in September 2012 that, based on its review of the findings, the employee did not engage in any misconduct. Therefore, it has declined to implement our recommendation. Corrections did not provide us any information or evidence that would call into question the accuracy of our findings.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken


Case Number I2007-0887

Recommendation #2 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Obtain monthly logs from the alarm company and verify that overtime reported for responding to building alarm activations is consistent with the logs.

Agency Response From November 2012

Corrections reported in November 2012 that it completed a comparison of the logs as recommended.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2009-0607

Recommendation #3 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Establish a protocol to ensure that upon receiving credible information that a medical professional may not be capable of treating patients competently, it promptly relieves that professional from treating patients, pending an investigation.

Agency Response From December 2010

Corrections reported that it established a task force to discuss its policies and procedures for removing medical professionals from the treatment of patients when an investigation is pending. Corrections further stated that its Office of Internal Affairs would communicate with the proper authorities to determine whether employees under investigation have been removed from their primary duties. To assist in this process, Corrections reported that in June 2011 it established policies and procedures for collecting information about the costs related to health care employees who are either assigned alternate duties or on administrative time off.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2009-0607

Recommendation #4 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Increase the priority that its Office of Internal Affairs assigns to the investigation of high-salaried employees.

Agency Response From August 2011

Corrections reported that it established a task force to discuss its policies and procedures for removing medical professionals from the treatment of patients when an investigation is pending. In addition, Corrections reported that to reduce the fiscal impact to the State, its Office of Internal Affairs would ensure that it considers expediting investigations that involve high-salaried employees who are assigned alternate duties. Further, Corrections identified various factors it will consider when giving priority to investigations that involve high-salaried employees.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2009-0607

Recommendation #5 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Develop procedures to ensure that the Office of Internal Affairs assigns a higher priority for completion of investigations into employee misconduct involving employees who have been assigned alternate duties.

Agency Response From December 2010

Corrections stated in December 2010 that its Office of Internal Affairs would communicate with the proper authorities to determine whether employees under investigation have been removed from their primary duties and would consider expediting the completion of investigations involving high-salaried staff assigned alternate duties to reduce the fiscal impact on the State. In addition, as of August 2011, Corrections reported that on several occasions it had presented to different staff involved in the disciplinary process a training session on the need to consult with the Office of Internal Affairs.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2009-0832

Recommendation #6 To: Motor Vehicles, Department of

Ensure that managers or their designees review exception reports within two working days, as required by Motor Vehicles' policy.

Agency Response From December 2010

In December 2010 Motor Vehicles reported that it agreed with our recommendation to ensure that managers or their designees review exception reports within two working days. Specifically, it stated that it would provide additional training to all of its field supervisors to ensure compliance with its exception report review policies.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2009-0832

Recommendation #7 To: Motor Vehicles, Department of

Determine whether corrective or disciplinary action is necessary for the employee's manager.

Agency Response From July 2010

Motor Vehicles reported in July 2010 that it had issued a counseling memo to the employee's manager regarding her failure to properly adhere to the exception report review process. In addition, Motor Vehicles stated that it had given the manager's designee, another supervisor, a memo of discussion since the designee had been inconsistent in her review of exception reports. Motor Vehicles stated that it had provided training to the manager and the designee to ensure that the proper review of exception reports occurs in the future. Further, Motor Vehicles temporarily assigned the supervisor to another Motor Vehicles field office to receive additional training regarding her role as a supervisor in overseeing the exception report review process.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1021

Recommendation #8 To: Conservation Corps, California

Take appropriate corrective action against the employees responsible for the improper purchases.

Agency Response From December 2010

The Conservation Corps reported in December 2010 that it had issued a corrective action memorandum to each employee responsible for the improper purchases.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1021

Recommendation #9 To: Conservation Corps, California

Implement controls to ensure that staff do not split contracts to evade competitive bidding requirements and that staff obtain and document in the procurement file the appropriate number of price quotations from certified small businesses prior to purchasing goods.

Agency Response From February 2011

The Conservation Corps informed us that it created a procedure in February 2011 that requires field staff to submit bid information with every purchase or service order to ensure that the staff follow the proper procedures regarding bidding documents and price quotations. The procedure also requires business services staff to review the information to ensure compliance.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1021

Recommendation #10 To: Conservation Corps, California

Provide adequate training to staff responsible for preparing and approving purchases.

Agency Response From February 2011

Conservation Corps stated that it had provided procurement training to its staff in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In March 2011 it also held training for business services officers that focused on proper bidding procedures and other procurement activities.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1021

Recommendation #11 To: Conservation Corps, California

Correct inconsistent accounting practices and require staff to associate expenditures directly with the purchase orders that authorized the expenditures.

Agency Response From August 2011

The Conservation Corps created a procedure in February 2011 that requires field staff to submit bid information with every purchase or service order to ensure that the staff follow the proper procedures regarding bidding documents and price quotations. The procedure also requires business services staff to review the information to ensure compliance.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1229

Recommendation #12 To: Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, California

Provide training to its employees, emphasizing the need to protect confidential information from misuse and reiterating that employees are prohibited from hiding documents or storing them at home.

Agency Response From December 2010

The claims board reported that it provides training to its employees emphasizing the need to protect confidential information when it annually reviews with staff its policies related to the protection of confidential information. It also reported that it has incorporated the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of claims board information and documents as a regular part of its new staff training. In addition, the claims board stated that it regularly discusses information security issues at manager and all-staff meetings.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1229

Recommendation #13 To: Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, California

Implement a protocol that requires management and staff to search for and locate missing claim files and file documents immediately after the discovery of them missing.

Agency Response From December 2010

In 2008 the claims board implemented an automated claims processing system. In this system, claims board staff in its scan unit scan all documents into the system and electronically transmit them as files are assigned to individuals for processing. The claims board also stated that it maintains hard copies of the files in a secure room separate from claims processing staff. Further, it stated that its scan and intake units maintain and report daily statistics about mail received and processed. Thus, the claims board indicated that it identifies, investigates, and takes appropriate action for any fluctuations. Consequently, the claims board stated that, under its automated processing system, an employee would neither have access to nor be able to accumulate mail as the employee in this investigation did.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1229

Recommendation #14 To: Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, California

Take appropriate disciplinary action against the employee's supervisor for failing to monitor the employee's actions after becoming aware that the employee had hidden claims board documents.

Agency Response From December 2010

The claims board responded that it takes a proactive approach in addressing personnel issues, including disciplinary matters, through risk management meetings. It also stated that it holds its managers accountable for their actions or lack of action.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1046

Recommendation #15 To: Transportation, Department of

Verify that the two engineers follow the directives outlined in their reprimands.

Agency Response From December 2010

Caltrans reported that the supervisor and his manager established a plan to verify that the employees are following the directives outlined in their reprimands.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1046

Recommendation #16 To: Transportation, Department of

Require that the supervisor establish practices that enable him to ensure that his subordinates work their entire shifts.

Agency Response From December 2010

Caltrans reported that the supervisor established practices to ensure that his subordinates work their entire shifts.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1046

Recommendation #17 To: Transportation, Department of

Take appropriate adverse or corrective action against the supervisor for his failure to adequately monitor his subordinates' attendance.

Agency Response From December 2010

Caltrans stated that it verbally reprimanded the supervisor for his failure to adequately monitor his subordinates' attendance and gave him a "letter of warning" for his poor performance.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-0820

Recommendation #18 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Take appropriate disciplinary action against the supervisor and manager.

Agency Response From December 2010

Corrections reported that, based on its review of the findings, it did not find any misconduct on the part of the supervisor or the manager. Therefore, it declined to take any disciplinary action against them. Instead, Corrections provided to these and other employees on-the-job training relevant to the issues in the investigation. Nevertheless, Corrections did not provide us any information or evidence that would call into question the accuracy of our findings.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Resolved


Case Number I2008-0820

Recommendation #19 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Evaluate the employee's position, duties, and workload to determine how best to avoid the waste of state time in the future. For example, an earlier start time might allow the employee to make deliveries throughout his entire shift. Other options might include converting the position to part-time or assigning other tasks to the employee for the last two hours of his shift.

Agency Response From November 2010

Corrections reported that the facility's business manager reiterated to staff the expectation that employees should report to a supervisor when they have completed tasks or duties to receive new assignments. In addition, Corrections stated that it had revised the employee's duty statement to include additional duties consistent with State Personnel Board guidelines and that it had changed the employee's work schedule to an earlier start time.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1024

Recommendation #20 To: General Services, Department of

Seek reimbursement from the manager for the costs associated with his misuse of state vehicles.

Agency Response From June 2011

General Services and the manager signed an agreement directing the manager to reimburse the State the $12,379 in costs arising from his misuse of state vehicles. The terms of the agreement require the manager to repay the State $200 a month from June 2011 through August 2016. The manager made his first installment payment in June 2011.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2008-1024

Recommendation #21 To: General Services, Department of

Issue a memorandum regarding the appropriate use of state-owned vehicles to all division employees with access to state vehicles.

Agency Response From March 2010

General Services stated that in March 2010, prior to the completion of our investigation, it issued a number of operating policies to its employees that prohibit the use of state-owned vehicles for travel to and from an employee's home without express permission.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


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