Most Recent Reports http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/recent Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT List of the most recent reports published by the California State Auditor Report 2014-502: Commission on Teacher Credentialing--Follow-Up Review http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-502 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-502: Commission on Teacher Credentialing--Follow-Up Review. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-502 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-126: Antelope Valley Water Rates: Various Factors Contribute to Differences Among Water Utilities http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-126 <p>Our audit concerning Antelope Valley water rates revealed the following:</p> <ul> <li>Of the four water utilities we reviewed--Los Angeles County Waterworks, District 40 (LA District 40), Palmdale Water District (Palmdale), Quartz Hill Water District (Quartz Hill), and California Water Service Company (Cal Water)--water rates differed considerably based on the various costs they incur. <ul> <li>Cal Water, an investor-owned utility, incurs costs that government-owned utilities (public utilities) do not, which include property and franchise taxes.</li> <li>Public utilities--LA District 40, Palmdale, and Quartz Hill--receive revenues, primarily from property taxes, that help cover costs and contribute to lower rates.</li> <li>A utility's source of water contributes to cost variations.</li> </ul></li> <li>Processes are in place to protect consumers from unreasonable rate increases and each of the water utilities generally followed these processes.</li> <li>In some cases, the water utilities could not quantify their efforts to reduce water rates.</li> <li>Cal Water offers two rate assistance programs while the three public utilities do not offer discounts to their customers.</li> </ul> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-126 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-123: California Community College Accreditation: Colleges Are Treated Inconsistently and Opportunities Exist for Improvement in the Accreditation Process http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-123 <p>Our audit of the accreditation process of California's community colleges highlighted the following:</p> <ul> <li>The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (commission) was inconsistent in applying its accreditation process. <ul> <li>It decided to terminate City College of San Francisco's (CCSF) accreditation after allowing only one year to come into compliance even though it could have given the college more time.</li> <li>It allowed 15 institutions to take two years to come into compliance and allowed another six institutions to take up to five years to reach compliance.</li> </ul></li> <li>The commission's deliberations regarding an institution's accreditation status lack transparency.</li> <li>The appeal process of the commission does not allow institutions a definitive right to provide new evidence--a limitation that may be detrimental in showing the progress made in addressing deficiencies.</li> <li>The commission sanctions community colleges at a higher rate than the six other regional accreditors in the nation.</li> <li>Options exist that may allow community colleges to choose an accreditor other than the commission.</li> <li>The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office could improve its monitoring of community colleges to identify institutions at risk of receiving a sanction.</li> </ul> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-123 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-124: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: California Universities Must Better Protect Students by Doing More to Prevent, Respond to, and Resolve Incidents http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-124 <p>Our audit of the handling of sexual harassment and sexual violence incidents at four California universities highlighted the following:</p> <ul> <li>The universities do not ensure that all faculty and staff are sufficiently trained on responding to and reporting these incidents to appropriate officials.</li> <li>Certain university employees who are likely to be the first point of contact are not sufficiently trained on responding to and reporting these incidents.</li> <li>The universities must do more to properly educate students on sexual harassment and sexual violence.<ul> <li>Provide education to incoming students near the time they arrive on campus.</li> <li>Provide all continuing students periodic refresher training at least annually.</li> <li>Review and modify educational programs to comply with changes in laws and guidance.</li> </ul></li> <li> The universities did not always comply with requirements in state law for distribution of relevant policies.</li> <li>Thirty-five percent of the students who participated in a survey we conducted stated that they had experienced such incidents by another member of the campus community.</li> <li>Twenty-two percent of the students who participated in our survey were not aware of resources available on campus should they or someone they know experience such incidents.</li> <li>The universities need to better inform students who file a complaint of the status of the investigation and notify them of the eventual outcome.</li> </ul> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-124 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-005: State of California: Treasurer's Cash Count as of December 31, 2013 http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-005 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-005: State of California: Treasurer's Cash Count as of December 31, 2013. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-005 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-120: Sterilization of Female Inmates: Some Inmates Were Sterilized Unlawfully, and Safeguards Designed to Limit Occurrences of the Procedure Failed http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-120 <p>Our audit of female inmate sterilizations occurring over an eight-year period revealed the following:</p> <ul> <li>144 female inmates were sterilized through a surgery known as bilateral tubal ligation.</li> <li>39 inmates were sterilized following deficiencies in the informed consent process.<ul> <li>We saw no evidence that the inmate's physician signed the required consent form in 27 cases.</li> <li>In 18 cases, we noted potential violations of the required waiting period between when the inmate consented to the procedure and when the sterilization procedure actually took place.</li> <li>Among these 39 inmates there were six cases where we noted violations of both consent form and waiting period.</li> </ul></li> <li>Neither the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation nor the California Correctional Health Care Services ensured that the informed consent requirements were followed in 19 instances in which their employees obtained inmates' consent.</li> </ul> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-120 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-130: California Public Utilities Commission: It Fails to Adequately Ensure Consumers' Transportation Safety and Does Not Appropriately Collect and Spend Fees From Passenger Carriers http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-130 <p>Our audit of the California Public Utilities Commission's (commission) efforts to regulate passenger carriers, revealed the following:</p> <ul> <li>The commission's oversight of passenger carriers is insufficient to ensure consumer safety. <ul> <li>It does not have formal policies and procedures to address complaints against passenger carriers.</li> <li>It does not ensure complaints are resolved timely or adequately.</li> <li>When it issues citations to passenger carriers, the citations have been for amounts much lower than what state law allows.</li> </ul></li> <li>It does not perform periodic reviews of passenger carrier fee payments to ensure the State received the proper amount of fee revenue.</li> <li>The commission does not track--by class of carrier--how it spends fees received from each class of common carrier.</li> <li>The commission is not using some of its staff for airport enforcement although it received funding for this purpose.</li> <li>The commission lacks effective program leadership. <ul> <li>It has not established program goals, strategies, or performance measures to guide its efforts.</li> <li>It has high turnover and vacancies in key management positions.</li> </ul></li> </ul> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-130 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-008: State of California: Statement of Securities Accountability of the State Treasurer's Office December 31, 2013 http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-008 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-008: State of California: Statement of Securities Accountability of the State Treasurer's Office December 31, 2013. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-008 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-001.1: State of California: Internal Control and Compliance Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013 http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-001.1 The California State Auditor just released report 2013-001.1: State of California: Internal Control and Compliance Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013. Tue, 27 May 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-001.1 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2013-002: State of California: Federal Compliance Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013 http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-002 The California State Auditor just released report 2013-002: State of California: Federal Compliance Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013. Tue, 27 May 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://draftwww.bsa.ca.gov/reports/summary/2013-002 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster)