Audits Reported to Budget Subcommittees and Standing/Policy Committees - 2004

Classified by Standing/Policy Committee

On this page we include links to summaries of audit reports we issued during the previous two years that relate to policy areas that generally correspond to the Assembly and Senate standing committees.

Because an audit may involve more than one issue or because it may cross the jurisdictions of more than one standing committee, an audit report summary could be included in more than one policy area. For example, if we audited a computer system at a university, the audit report summary may be listed under two policy areas - Education and Information Technology.

We also provide the following links to our audit report summaries classified by auditee/entity and by budget subcommittee.

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View the executive summary for the original audit report by clicking on the report number. The executive summary includes a link to the complete original audit report in PDF format.

View the summary of each audit report and the status of the auditee's implementation of the State Auditor's recommendations for each report by clicking on the report title.


View the complete Special Report to Assembly and Senate Standing/Policy Committees or view individual sections of the report by using the following links:

Report Cover
Transmittal Letter
Introduction
Audit Report Summaries by Policy Area

Appendix ASummary of Recommendations for Legislative Consideration by Policy Area
Appendix BSummary of Monetary Benefits Identified In Audit Reports From July 1, 2001, Through December 31, 2003
IndexState And Local Entities with Recommendations from Audits Included In This Special Report

Policy Areas

Aging and Long-Term Care
Agriculture and Water Resources
Appropriations

Business & Professions and Governmental Organization

Education
Energy, Utilities, and Communications
Environmental Safety & Quality and Toxic Materials

Health and Human Services

Information Technology
Insurance

Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Judiciary

Labor, Employment, and Industrial Relations
Local Government

Privacy and Public Safety
Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security

Revenue and Taxation

Transportation

Veterans Affairs


Aging and Long-Term Care

Report Number 2002-120 (Issued 2003/06/26)
California Veterans Board: Without a Clear Understanding of the Extent of Its Authority, the Board Has Not Created Sufficient Policies Nor Provided Effective Oversight to the Department of Veterans Affairs

Agriculture and Water Resources

Report Number 2000-016 (Issued 2002/05/23)
Water Replenishment District of Southern California: Although the District Has Eliminated Excessive Water Rates, It Has Depleted Its Reserve Funds and Needs to Further Improve Its Administrative Practices

Report Number 2001-017 (Issued 2002/09/10)
Department of Industrial Relations: Its Process for Verifying the Status of Licenses Issued to Farm Labor Contractors Is Operational but Needs Some Improvement

Report Number 2002-009 (Issued 2003/04/02)
California Energy Markets: The State's Position Has Improved Due to Efforts by the Department of Water Resources and Other Factors, but Costs Issues and Legal Challenges Continue

Report Number 2003-102 (Issued 2003/12/17)
Water Quality Control Boards: Could Improve Their Administration of Water Quality Improvement Projects Funded by Enforcement Actions

Appropriations

Report Number 2001-117 (Issued 2002/02/21)
Superior Courts: The Courts Are Moving Toward a More Unified Administration; However, Diverse Service, Collection, and Accounting Systems Impede the Accurate Estimation and Equitable Distribution of Undesignated Fee Revenue

Report Number 2001-110 (Issued 2002/03/12)
Vacant Positions: Departments Have Circumvented the Abolishment of Vacant Positions, and the State Needs to Continue Its Efforts to Control Vacancies

Report Number 2002-124 (Issued 2003/05/13)
Franchise Tax Board: Its Performance Measures Are Insufficient to Justify Requests for New Audit or Collection Program Staff

Report Number 2002-123.2 (Issued 2003/08/06)
Federal Funds: The State of California Takes Advantage of Available Federal Grants, but Budget Constraints and Other Issues Keep It From Maximizing This Resource

Report Number 2003-106 (Issued 2003/10/15)
State Mandates: The High Level of Questionable Costs Claimed Highlights the Need for Structural Reforms of the Process

Report Number 2003-107 (Issued 2003/11/06)
California Department of Education: The Extensive Number and Breadth of Categorical Programs Challenges the State's Ability to Reform and Oversee Them

Business & Professions and Governmental Organization

Report Number 2001-111.2 (Issued 2002/02/14)
California National Guard: To Better Respond to State Emergencies and Disasters, It Can Improve Its Aviation Maintenance and Its Processes of Preparing for and Assessing State Missions

Report Number 2001-128 (Issued 2002/04/16)
Enterprise Licensing Agreement: The State Failed to Exercise Due Diligence When Contracting With Oracle, Potentially Costing Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

Report Number I2002-1 (Issued 2002/06/02)
Contractors State Licensing Board: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2000-753)

Report Number 2002-107 (Issued 2002/10/24)
Office of Criminal Justice Planning: Experiences Problems in Program Administration, and Alternative Administrative Structures for the Domestic Violence Program Might Improve Program Delivery

Report Number 2002-108 (Issued 2002/12/05)
Department of General Services: Certain Units Can Do More to Ensure That Client Fees Are Reasonable and Fair

Report Number 2002-110 (Issued 2003/03/11)
California State University: Its Common Management System Has Higher Than Reported Costs, Less Than Optimal Functionality, and Questionable Procurement and Conflict-of-Interest Practices

Report Number 2002-112 (Issued 2003/03/26)
Statewide Procurement Practices: Proposed Reforms Should Help Safeguard State Resources, but the Potential for Misuse Remains

Report Number I2003-1 (Issued 2003/04/17)
Health and Human Services Agency Data Center: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-652)

Report Number 2002-122 (Issued 2003/06/19)
State Controller's Office: Does Not Always Ensure the Safekeeping, Prompt Distribution, and Collection of Unclaimed Property

Report Number 2002-113 (Issued 2003/07/30)
Governor's Office of Emergency Services: Its Oversight of the State's Emergency Plans and Procedures Needs Improvement While Its Future Ability to Respond to Emergencies May Be Hampered by Aging Equipment and Funding Concerns

Report Number 2002-117 (Issued 2003/07/31)
Terrorism Readiness: The Office of Homeland Security, Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and California National Guard Need to Improve Their Readiness to Address Terrorism

Report Number 2003-105 (Issued 2003/08/20)
California Law Enforcement and Correctional Agencies: With Increased Efforts, They Could Improve the Accuracy and Completeness of Public Information on Sex Offenders

Report Number I2003-2 (Issued 2003/09/17)
University of California, San Francisco: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2000-715)

Education

Report Number 2001-120 (Issued 2002/03/26)
School Bus Safety II: State Law Intended to Make School Bus Transportation Safer Is Costing More Than Expected

Report Number 2001-124 (Issued 2002/06/26)
Los Angeles Unified School District: Outdated, Scarce Textbooks at Some Schools Appear to Have a Lesser Effect on Academic Performance Than Other Factors, but the District Should Improve Its Management of Textbooks Purchasing and Inventory

Report Number 2001-130 (Issued 2002/07/25)
University of California: Its Partnership Agreement Could Be Improved to Increase Its Accountability for State Funding

Report Number 2002-104 (Issued 2002/11/07)
California's Charter Schools: Oversight at All Levels Could Be Stronger to Ensure Charter Schools' Accountability

Report Number 2002-110 (Issued 2003/03/11)
California State University: Its Common Management System Has Higher Than Reported Costs, Less Than Optimal Functionality, and Questionable Procurement and Conflict-of-Interest Practices

Report Number 2003-107 (Issued 2003/11/06)
California Department of Education: The Extensive Number and Breadth of Categorical Programs Challenges the State's Ability to Reform and Oversee Them

Report Number 2002-032 (Issued 2003/12/18)
California's Education Institutions: A Lack of Guidance Results in Their Inaccurate or Inconsistent Reporting of Campus Crime Statistics

Energy, Utilities, and Communications

Report Number 2001-123 (Issued 2002/07/11)
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program: Insufficient Monitoring of Surcharge Revenues Combined With Imprudent Use of Public Funds Leave Less Money Available for Program Services

Report Number 2002-009 (Issued 2003/04/02)
California Energy Markets: The State's Position Has Improved Due to Efforts by the Department of Water Resources and Other Factors, but Costs Issues and Legal Challenges Continue

Report Number 2003-103 (Issued 2003/11/25)
California Public Utilities Commission: State Law and Regulations Establish Firm Deadlines for Only a Small Number of Its Proceedings

Environmental Safety & Quality and Toxic Materials

Report Number 2002-121 (Issued 2003/07/22)
California Environmental Protection Agency: Insufficient Data Exists on the Number of Abandoned, Idled, or Underused Contaminated Properties, and Liability Concerns and Funding Constraints Can Impede Their Cleanup and Redevelopment

Report Number 2003-113 (Issued 2003/12/10)
California Integrated Waste Management Board: Its New Regulations Establish Rules for Oversight of Construction and Demolition Debris Sites, but Good Communication and Enforcement Are Also Needed to Help Prevent Threats to Public Health Safety

Report Number 2003-102 (Issued 2003/12/17)
Water Quality Control Boards: Could Improve Their Administration of Water Quality Improvement Projects Funded by Enforcement Actions

Health and Human Services

Report Number 2001-012 (Issued 2002/01/09)
State of California: Its Contanment of Drug Costs and Management of Medications for Audlt Inmates Continue to Require Significant Improvements

Report Number 2001-129 (Issued 2002/05/22)
Department of Health Services: It Needs to Significantly Improve Its Management of the Medi-Cal Provider Enrollment Process

Report Number 2001-126 (Issued 2002/05/28)
Department of Managed Health Care: Assessments for Specialized and Full-Service HMOs Do Not Reflect Its Workload and Have Disparate Financial Impacts

Report Number 2001-123 (Issued 2002/07/11)
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program: Insufficient Monitoring of Surcharge Revenues Combined With Imprudent Use of Public Funds Leave Less Money Available for Program Services

Report Number 2002-031 (Issued 2002/09/12)
Department of Rehabilitation: Its Delay in Correcting Known Weaknesses Has Limited the Success of the Business Enterprise Program for the Blind

Report Number 2002-107 (Issued 2002/10/24)
Office of Criminal Justice Planning: Experiences Problems in Program Administration, and Alternative Administrative Structures for the Domestic Violence Program Might Improve Program Delivery

Report Number 2002-109 (Issued 2002/12/12)
Department of Health Services: It Needs to Better Control the Pricing of Durable Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies and More Carefully Consider Its Plans to Reduce Expenditures on These Items

Report Number 2001-015 (Issued 2003/01/02)
Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System: The State Must Weigh Factors Other Than Need and Cost-Effectiveness When Determining Future Funding for the System

Report Number 2002-118 (Issued 2003/04/30)
Department of Health Services: Its Effort to Further Reduce Prescription Drug Costs Have Been Hindered by Its Inability to Hire More Pharmacists and Its Lack of Aggressiveness in Pursuing Available Cost-Saving Measures

Report Number 2002-114 (Issued 2003/08/19)
Department of Social Services: Continuing Weaknesses in the Department's Community Care Licensing Programs May Put the Health and Safety of Vulnerable Clients at Risk

Report Number 2003-113 (Issued 2003/12/10)
California Integrated Waste Management Board: Its New Regulations Establish Rules for Oversight of Construction and Demolition Debris Sites, but Good Communication and Enforcement Are Also Needed to Help Prevent Threats to Public Health Safety

Report Number 2003-112 (Issued 2003/12/22)
Department of Health Services: It Needs to Better Plan and Coordinate Its Medi-Cal Antifraud Activities

Information Technology

Report Number 2001-128 (Issued 2002/04/16)
Enterprise Licensing Agreement: The State Failed to Exercise Due Diligence When Contracting With Oracle, Potentially Costing Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

Report Number 2002-110 (Issued 2003/03/11)
California State University: Its Common Management System Has Higher Than Reported Costs, Less Than Optimal Functionality, and Questionable Procurement and Conflict-of-Interest Practices

Insurance

Report Number 2001-126 (Issued 2002/05/28)
Department of Managed Health Care: Assessments for Specialized and Full-Service HMOs Do Not Reflect Its Workload and Have Disparate Financial Impacts

Report Number 2002-120 (Issued 2003/06/26)
California Veterans Board: Without a Clear Understanding of the Extent of Its Authority, the Board Has Not Created Sufficient Policies Nor Provided Effective Oversight to the Department of Veterans Affairs

Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy

Report Number 2002-031 (Issued 2002/09/12)
Department of Rehabilitation: Its Delay in Correcting Known Weaknesses Has Limited the Success of the Business Enterprise Program for the Blind

Report Number 2002-009 (Issued 2003/04/02)
California Energy Markets: The State's Position Has Improved Due to Efforts by the Department of Water Resources and Other Factors, but Costs Issues and Legal Challenges Continue

Report Number 2003-108.1 (Issued 2003/08/27)
California's Workers' Compensation Program: The Medical Payment System Does Not Adequately Control the Costs to Employers to Treat Injuried Workers or Allow for Adequate Monitoring of System Costs and Patient Care

Judiciary

Report Number 2001-117 (Issued 2002/02/21)
Superior Courts: The Courts Are Moving Toward a More Unified Administration; However, Diverse Service, Collection, and Accounting Systems Impede the Accurate Estimation and Equitable Distribution of Undesignated Fee Revenue

Report Number 2002-030 (Issued 2003/04/24)
State Bar of California: Although It Reasonably Sets and Manages Mandatory Fees, It Faces Potential Deficits in the Future and Needs to More Strictly Enforce Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

Labor, Employment, and Industrial Relations

Report Number 2001-017 (Issued 2002/09/10)
Department of Industrial Relations: Its Process for Verifying the Status of Licenses Issued to Farm Labor Contractors Is Operational but Needs Some Improvement

Report Number 2002-114 (Issued 2003/08/19)
Department of Social Services: Continuing Weaknesses in the Department's Community Care Licensing Programs May Put the Health and Safety of Vulnerable Clients at Risk

Report Number 2003-108.1 (Issued 2003/08/27)
California's Workers' Compensation Program: The Medical Payment System Does Not Adequately Control the Costs to Employers to Treat Injuried Workers or Allow for Adequate Monitoring of System Costs and Patient Care

Local Government

Report Number 2001-120 (Issued 2002/03/26)
School Bus Safety II: State Law Intended to Make School Bus Transportation Safer Is Costing More Than Expected

Report Number 2001-116 (Issued 2002/04/30)
San Diego Unified Port District: It Should Change Certain Practices to Better Protect the Public's Interest in Port-Managed Resources

Report Number 2000-016 (Issued 2002/05/23)
Water Replenishment District of Southern California: Although the District Has Eliminated Excessive Water Rates, It Has Depleted Its Reserve Funds and Needs to Further Improve Its Administrative Practices

Report Number 2001-124 (Issued 2002/06/26)
Los Angeles Unified School District: Outdated, Scarce Textbooks at Some Schools Appear to Have a Lesser Effect on Academic Performance Than Other Factors, but the District Should Improve Its Management of Textbooks Purchasing and Inventory

Report Number 2001-125 (Issued 2002/07/23)
Red Light Camera Programs: Although They Have Contributed to a Reduction in Accidents, Operational Weaknesses Exist at the Local Level

Report Number 2003-106 (Issued 2003/10/15)
State Mandates: The High Level of Questionable Costs Claimed Highlights the Need for Structural Reforms of the Process

Report Number 2003-107 (Issued 2003/11/06)
California Department of Education: The Extensive Number and Breadth of Categorical Programs Challenges the State's Ability to Reform and Oversee Them

Report Number 2002-116 (Issued 2003/12/16)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: It Is Too Early to Predict Service Sector Success, but Opportunities for Improved Analysis and Communication Exist

Privacy and Public Safety

Report Number 2001-125 (Issued 2002/07/23)
Red Light Camera Programs: Although They Have Contributed to a Reduction in Accidents, Operational Weaknesses Exist at the Local Level

Report Number 2002-101 (Issued 2002/07/30)
California Department of Corrections: A Shortage of Correctional Officers, Along With Costly Labor Agreement Provisions, Raises Both Fiscal and Safety Concerns and Limits Management's Control

Report Number 2003-105 (Issued 2003/08/20)
California Law Enforcement and Correctional Agencies: With Increased Efforts, They Could Improve the Accuracy and Completeness of Public Information on Sex Offenders

Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security

Report Number 2001-110 (Issued 2002/03/12)
Vacant Positions: Departments Have Circumvented the Abolishment of Vacant Positions, and the State Needs to Continue Its Efforts to Control Vacancies

Report Number 2002-101 (Issued 2002/07/30)
California Department of Corrections: A Shortage of Correctional Officers, Along With Costly Labor Agreement Provisions, Raises Both Fiscal and Safety Concerns and Limits Management's Control

Report Number I2002-2 (Issued 2002/11/13)
Governor's Office of Emergency Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2000-607)

Report Number I2003-1 (Issued 2003/04/17)
Department of Industrial Relations: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-605)

Report Number I2003-1 (Issued 2003/04/17)
Health and Human Services Agency Data Center: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-652)

Report Number I2003-1 (Issued 2003/04/17)
Department of Developmental Services, Porterville Developmental Center: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-952)

Report Number I2003-1 (Issued 2003/04/17)
Department of Fish and Game: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-636, 725, and 947)

Report Number I2003-2 (Issued 2003/09/17)
California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-661)

Report Number I2003-2 (Issued 2003/09/17)
Department of Transportation: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-700)

Report Number I2003-2 (Issued 2003/09/17)
Public Utilities Commission: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-753)

Revenue and Taxation

Report Number 2002-124 (Issued 2003/05/13)
Franchise Tax Board: Its Performance Measures Are Insufficient to Justify Requests for New Audit or Collection Program Staff

Report Number 2002-122 (Issued 2003/06/19)
State Controller's Office: Does Not Always Ensure the Safekeeping, Prompt Distribution, and Collection of Unclaimed Property

Report Number 2002-126 (Issued 2003/07/03)
California Department of Transportation: Low Cash Balances Threaten the Department's Ability to Promptly Deliver Planned Transportation Projects

Transportation

Report Number 2001-125 (Issued 2002/07/23)
Red Light Camera Programs: Although They Have Contributed to a Reduction in Accidents, Operational Weaknesses Exist at the Local Level

Report Number 2002-103 (Issued 2002/08/06)
California Department of Transportation: It Manages the State Highway Operation and Protection Program Adequately, but it Can Make Improvements

Report Number 2002-126 (Issued 2003/07/03)
California Department of Transportation: Low Cash Balances Threaten the Department's Ability to Promptly Deliver Planned Transportation Projects

Report Number 2002-116 (Issued 2003/12/16)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: It Is Too Early to Predict Service Sector Success, but Opportunities for Improved Analysis and Communication Exist

Veterans Affairs

Report Number 2001-127 (Issued 2002/07/03)
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program: Few Departments That Award Contracts Have Met the Potentially Unreasonable Participation Goal, and Weak Implementation of the Program Further Hampers Success

Report Number I2002-2 (Issued 2002/11/13)
Veterans' Home of California, Yountville: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2000-876)

Report Number 2002-120 (Issued 2003/06/26)
California Veterans Board: Without a Clear Understanding of the Extent of Its Authority, the Board Has Not Created Sufficient Policies Nor Provided Effective Oversight to the Department of Veterans Affairs


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