Most Recent Reports http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/recent Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT List of the most recent reports published by the California State Auditor Report 2014-113: California Department of Public Health: Even With a Recent Increase in Federal Funding, Its Efforts to Prevent Diabetes Are Focused on a Limited Number of Counties http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-113 <p>Our review of the California Department of Public Health's (Public Health) diabetes prevention programs, highlighted the following:</p> <ul> <li>Public Health's spending has declined over the years resulting from reductions in federal funding, and California does not provide any state funding for diabetes prevention.<ul> <li>In fiscal year 2012-13, California's per capita funding for diabetes prevention--at 3 cents--was the lowest in the nation. </li> <li>Public Health has not been able to expand its diabetes prevention activities to many of the counties that have a high prevalence of diabetes even with two recent additional federal grants.</li> </ul></li> <li>Public Health does not have a process to proactively search for diabetes-related grant opportunities nor does it have staff dedicated to doing so--we identified two grants worth up to $500,000 each for which Public Health was eligible to apply but did not.</li> <li>Public Health appears to spend its limited federal funds appropriately and in compliance with applicable grant requirements, and its staff managing its diabetes prevention efforts met or exceeded the qualifications for their positions.</li> </ul> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-113 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-136: Coastal Improvement Fund http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-136 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-136: Coastal Improvement Fund. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-136 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-041: Recommendations Not Fully Implemented After One Year: The Omnibus Audit Accountability Act of 2006 http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-041 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-041: Recommendations Not Fully Implemented After One Year: The Omnibus Audit Accountability Act of 2006. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-041 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-118: California Department of Developmental Services: Its Process for Assessing Fees Paid by Parents of Children Living in Residential Facilities Is Woefully Inefficient and Inconsistent http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-118 <p>Our audit of the California Department of Developmental Services' (Developmental Services) Parental Fee Program highlighted the following:</p> <ul> <li>Its parental fee assessment process is riddled with unnecessary delays, lack of documentation, incorrect calculations, and inconsistent staff interpretations.<ul> <li>Developmental Services does not ensure parents provide documentation for all income and expenses.</li> <li>Months or years may pass before Developmental Services becomes aware of the need to assess fees on certain families because regional centers do not submit required monthly reports.</li> <li>Although required to do so, Developmental Services did not annually reassess most of the parental fee accounts we reviewed.</li> </ul></li> <li> Developmental Services' initial fee assessments are inadequate--95 percent of appealed fee assessments from fiscal years 2011-12 through 2013-14 were reduced.</li> <li>Developmental Services staff do not use any sort of standardized fee schedule to guide the subsequent reassessment of the fee--the reassessment is based on the judgment of a four-member committee.</li> <li>Developmental Services collects only about 60 percent of assessed fees.</li> </ul> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-118 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-039: Fi$Cal Status Letter http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-039 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-039: Fi$Cal Status Letter. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-039 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-107: Judicial Branch of California: Because of Questionable Fiscal and Operational Decisions, the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts Have Not Maximized the Funds Available for the Courts http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-107 <p>Our review of the funds administered by the judicial branch and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), highlighted the following:</p> <ul> <li>The Judicial Council did not adequately oversee the AOC in managing the judicial branch budget, which allowed the AOC to engage in questionable compensation and business practices. The AOC:<ul> <li>Provides its staff with generous salaries and benefits--the AOC pays eight of its nine office directors more than the governor and many other high-ranking executive branch officials receive.</li> <li>Employs over 70 contractors and temporary employees and could save about $7.2 million per year by using state employees in comparable positions.</li> <li>Maintains a fleet of 66 vehicles without requiring its offices to justify the need.</li> <li>Made about $386 million in payments over the last four years on behalf of trial courts using funds appropriated to them but could have paid a portion of those payments from its own funds.</li> </ul></li> <li>The AOC has sole autonomy in deciding how to spend certain judicial branch funds due to the lack of Judicial Council's involvement in the budgeting process.</li> <li>The AOC has few policies, procedures, or controls in place to ensure funds are appropriately used and spent and, unlike the executive branch, is not required to undergo an annual independent financial audit.</li> <li>Although it provides services to the courts, the AOC has never comprehensively surveyed the courts to identify the needs of the courts and ensure that services it provides are useful.</li> </ul> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-107 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-701: Recommendations for the Legislature From Audits Issued During 2013 and 2014 http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-701 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-701: Recommendations for the Legislature From Audits Issued During 2013 and 2014. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-701 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report I2014-1: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/I2014-1 <p>State employees and agencies engaged in improper activities, including the following:</p> <ul> <li>A manager embezzled $3,500 in state funds when she recycled surplus state property and kept the proceeds.</li> <li>A state agency failed to keep an accurate inventory of its property at a training facility, which led to the loss of inventory valued at $33,400.</li> <li>A manager and other employees failed to accurately designate an employee's headquarters and, as a result, reimbursed the employee $26,800 in improper travel payments over a five-year span.</li> <li>A full-time employee lied to his manager about needing to telecommute, and instead worked a second full-time job without his agency's knowledge.</li> </ul> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/I2014-1 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-401: Data Reliability: State Agencies' Computer-Generated Data Varied in Their Completeness and Accuracy http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-401 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-401: Data Reliability: State Agencies' Computer-Generated Data Varied in Their Completeness and Accuracy. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-401 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster) Report 2014-006: State of California: Treasurer's Cash Count as of June 30, 2014 http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-006 The California State Auditor just released report 2014-006: State of California: Treasurer's Cash Count as of June 30, 2014. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT http://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/2014-006 webmaster@bsa.ca.gov (California State Auditor Webmaster)