Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations - 2009

Classified by Auditee/Entity

On this page we provide links, classified by entity name, to summaries of audit reports we issued during the previous two years that related to each entity. We also provide the following links to our audit report summaries classified by policy areas, which generally correspond to the Assembly and Senate standing committees.

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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.

Introduction:
The purpose of each audit report summary is to identify what actions, if any, auditees have taken in response to our findings and recommendations. We have placed this symbol Arrow Symbol in the margin of the auditee action to identify areas of concern or issues that we believe an auditee has not adequately addressed.

For these summaries, we have relied upon periodic written responses prepared by auditees to determine whether corrective action has been taken. The Bureau of State Audits' (BSA) policy requests that auditees provide a written response to the audit findings and recommendations before the audit report is initially issued publicly. As a follow-up, we request the auditee to respond at least three times subsequently: at 60 days, six months, and one year after the public release of the audit report.

We report all instances of substantiated improper governmental activities resulting from our investigative activities to the cognizant state department for corrective action. These departments are required to report the status of their corrective actions every 30 days until all such actions are complete.

Unless otherwise noted, we have not performed any type of review or validation of the corrective actions reported by the auditees. All corrective actions noted in these summaries were based on responses received by our office as of January 2009.


Auditees

State Entities:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Air Resources Board
Cal Expo and State Fair
California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
California Postsecondary Education Commission
California Prison Health Care Services
Chiropratic Examiners, Board of
Conservation, Department of
Consumer Affairs, Department of
Contractors State License Board
Corporations, Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of
Education, Department of
Employment Development Department
Environmental Protection Agency
Equalization, Board of
Fish and Game, Department of
Franchise Tax Board
Gambling Control Commission, California
General Services, Department of
Health Care Services, Department of
Highway Patrol, California
Housing and Community Development
Insurance, Department of
Justice, Department of
Medical Board, California
Mental Health, Department of
Motor Vehicles, Department of
Public Health, Department of
Secretary of State
Social Services, Department of
State Bar of California
State Controller's Office
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles
Superior Court of California, Sacramento
Toxic Substances Control, Department of
Transportation, Department of
Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
Veterans Affairs, Department of
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
Water Resources, Department of

Local Entities:

Alameda County
American River College
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Cal State Polytechnic University-Pomona
California Community Colleges
California State University, Chancellor's Office
Calfornia State University, Long Beach
Fresno County
Kings County
Los Angeles County
Orange County
Placer County
Riverside County
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Solano County
Sonoma County
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Stanford University
University of California, Office of the President
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California


Administrative Office of the Courts

Report Number 2007-109 (Issued 2007-11-29)
DNA Identification Fund: Improvements Are Needed in Reporting Fund Revenues and Assessing and Distributing DNA Penalties, but Counties and Courts We Reviewed Have Properly Collected Penalties and Transferred Revenues to the State

Air Resources Board

Report Number 2006-115 (Issued 2007-06-14)
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: Improved Practices in Applicant Selection, Contracting, and Marketing Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Emission Reductions and Enhanced Operations

Cal Expo and State Fair

Report Number I2007-1 (Issued 2007-03-22)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2006 Through January 2007 (California Exposition and State Fair)

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

Report Number 2006-108 (Issued 2007-02-27)
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine: It Has a Strategic Plan, but It Needs to Finish Developing Grant-Related Policies and Continue Strengthening Management Controls to Ensure Policy Compliance and Cost Containment

California Postsecondary Education Commission

Report Number 2007-116 (Issued 2008-08-12)
Affordability of College Textbooks: Textbook Prices Have Risen Significantly in the Last Four Years, but Some Strategies May Help to Control These Costs for Students

California Prison Health Care Services

Report Number 2006-501 (Issued 2007-04-19)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Needs to Improve Its Processes for Contracting and Paying Medical Service Providers as Well as for Complying With the Political Reform Act and Verifying the Credentials of Contract Medical Service Providers

Chiropratic Examiners, Board of

Report Number 2007-117 (Issued 2008-03-25)
State Board of Chiropractic Examiners: Board Members Violated State Laws and Procedural Requirements, and Its Enforcement, Licensing, and Continuing Education Programs Need Improvement

Conservation, Department of

Report Number I2007-1 (Issued 2007-03-22)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2006 Through January 2007 (Department of Conservation)

Consumer Affairs, Department of

Report Number 2007-038 (Issued 2007-10-16)
Medical Board of California: It Needs to Consider Cutting Its Fees or Issuing a Refund to Reduce the Fund Balance of Its Contingent Fund

Report Number I2008-2 (Issued 2008-10-02)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: January 2008 Through June 2008 (Contractors State License Board)

Report Number 2006-116R (Issued 2007-06-07)
Medical Board of California's Physician Diversion Program: While Making Recent Improvements, Inconsistent Monitoring of Participants and Inadequate Oversight of Its Service Providers Continue to Hamper Its Ability to Protect the Public

Contractors State License Board

Report Number I2008-2 (Issued 2008-10-02)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: January 2008 Through June 2008 (Contractors State License Board)

Corporations, Department of

Report Number 2005-123 (Issued 2007-01-30)
Department of Corporations: It Needs Stronger Oversight of Its Operations and More Efficient Processing of License Applications and Complaints

Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Report Number 2006-501 (Issued 2007-04-19)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Needs to Improve Its Processes for Contracting and Paying Medical Service Providers as Well as for Complying With the Political Reform Act and Verifying the Credentials of Contract Medical Service Providers

Report Number 2007-115 (Issued 2008-04-17)
Sex Offender Placement: State Laws Are Not Always Clear, and No One Formally Assesses the Impact Sex Offender Placement Has on Local Communities

Report Number I2008-2 (Issued 2008-10-02)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: January 2008 Through June 2008 (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Report Number I2008-1 (Issued 2008-04-03)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2007 Through December 2007 (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Report Number 2008-104 (Issued 2008-08-26)
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Does Not Always Follow Its Policies When Discharging Parolees

Education, Department of

Report Number 2006-109 (Issued 2007-03-15)
Home-to-School Transportation Program: The Funding Formula Should Be Modified to Be More Equitable

Report Number 2008-109 (Issued 2008-12-16)
California Department of Education: Although It Generally Provides Appropriate Oversight of the Special Education Hearings and Mediations Process, a Few Areas Could Be Improved

Employment Development Department

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Environmental Protection Agency

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Report Number I2008-2 (Issued 2008-10-02)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: January 2008 Through June 2008 (California Environmental Protection Agency)

Equalization, Board of

Report Number 2007-107 (Issued 2007-12-13)
Nonprofit Hospitals: Inconsistent Data Obscure the Economic Value of Their Benefit to Communities, and the Franchise Tax Board Could More Closely Monitor Their Tax-Exempt Status

Fish and Game, Department of

Report Number 2008-102 (Issued 2008-08-28)
Office of Spill Prevention and Response: It Has Met Many of Its Oversight and Response Duties, but Interaction With Local Government, the Media, and Volunteers Needs Improvement

Report Number 2008-115 (Issued 2008-10-16)
Department of Fish and Game: Its Limited Success in Identifying Viable Projects and Its Weak Controls Reduce the Benefit of Revenues From Sales of the Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp

Franchise Tax Board

Report Number 2007-107 (Issued 2007-12-13)
Nonprofit Hospitals: Inconsistent Data Obscure the Economic Value of Their Benefit to Communities, and the Franchise Tax Board Could More Closely Monitor Their Tax-Exempt Status

Gambling Control Commission, California

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

General Services, Department of

Report Number 2007-111 (Issued 2008-01-22)
California Highway Patrol: It Followed State Contracting Requirements Inconsistently, Exhibited Weaknesses in Its Conflict-of-Interest Guidelines, and Used a State Resource Imprudently

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Health Care Services, Department of

Report Number 2006-035 (Issued 2007-02-15)
Department of Health Services: It Has Not Yet Fully Implemented Legislation Intended to Improve the Quality of Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Report Number 2006-106 (Issued 2007-04-12)
Department of Health Services: Its Licensing and Certification Division Is Struggling to Meet State and Federal Oversight Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Report Number 2006-110 (Issued 2007-04-17)
Department of Health Services: It Needs to Improve Its Application and Referral Processes When Enrolling Medi-Cal Providers

Report Number I2007-2 (Issued 2007-09-20)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: February 2007 Through June 2007 (Department of Health Services)

Report Number 2007-122 (Issued 2008-06-17)
Department of Health Care Services: Although Notified of Changes in Billing Requirements, Providers of Durable Medical Equipment Frequently Overcharged Medi-Cal

Report Number I2007-1 (Issued 2007-03-22)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2006 Through January 2007 (Department of Health Care Services)

Highway Patrol, California

Report Number 2007-111 (Issued 2008-01-22)
California Highway Patrol: It Followed State Contracting Requirements Inconsistently, Exhibited Weaknesses in Its Conflict-of-Interest Guidelines, and Used a State Resource Imprudently

Housing and Community Development

Report Number 2007-037 (Issued 2007-09-12)
Department of Housing and Community Development: Awards of Housing Bond Funds Have Been Timely and Complied With the Law, but Monitoring of the Use of Funds Has Been Inconsistent

Insurance, Department of

Report Number 2005-115.2 (Issued 2008-01-31)
Department of Insurance: Former Executive Life Insurance Company Policyholders Have Incurred Significant Economic Losses, and Distributions of Funds Have Been Inconsistently Monitored and Reported

Justice, Department of

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Report Number 2007-115 (Issued 2008-04-17)
Sex Offender Placement: State Laws Are Not Always Clear, and No One Formally Assesses the Impact Sex Offender Placement Has on Local Communities

Report Number 2007-109 (Issued 2007-11-29)
DNA Identification Fund: Improvements Are Needed in Reporting Fund Revenues and Assessing and Distributing DNA Penalties, but Counties and Courts We Reviewed Have Properly Collected Penalties and Transferred Revenues to the State

Report Number I2008-1 (Issued 2008-04-03)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2007 Through December 2007 (Department of Justice)

Report Number I2008-1 (Issued 2008-04-03)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2007 Through December 2007 (Department of Justice)

Medical Board, California

Report Number 2007-038 (Issued 2007-10-16)
Medical Board of California: It Needs to Consider Cutting Its Fees or Issuing a Refund to Reduce the Fund Balance of Its Contingent Fund

Report Number 2006-116R (Issued 2007-06-07)
Medical Board of California's Physician Diversion Program: While Making Recent Improvements, Inconsistent Monitoring of Participants and Inadequate Oversight of Its Service Providers Continue to Hamper Its Ability to Protect the Public

Mental Health, Department of

Report Number I2007-2 (Issued 2007-09-20)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: February 2007 Through June 2007 (Department of Mental Health, Coalinga State Hospital)

Motor Vehicles, Department of

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Public Health, Department of

Report Number 2007-040 (Issued 2008-09-04)
Department of Public Health: Laboratory Field Services' Lack of Clinical Laboratory Oversight Places the Public at Risk

Report Number 2007-114 (Issued 2008-06-12)
Low-Level Radioactive Waste: The State Has Limited Information That Hampers Its Ability to Assess the Need for a Disposal Facility and Must Improve Its Oversight to Better Protect the Public

Report Number 2007-121 (Issued 2008-04-24)
Veterans Home of California at Yountville: It Needs Stronger Planning and Oversight in Key Operational Areas, and Some Processes for Resolving Complaints Need Improvement

Secretary of State

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Social Services, Department of

Report Number 2007-124 (Issued 2008-04-29)
Safely Surrendered Baby Law: Stronger Guidance From the State and Better Information for the Public Could Enhance Its Impact

Report Number I2008-1 (Issued 2008-04-03)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2007 Through December 2007 (Department of Social Services)

Report Number 2007-115 (Issued 2008-04-17)
Sex Offender Placement: State Laws Are Not Always Clear, and No One Formally Assesses the Impact Sex Offender Placement Has on Local Communities

State Bar of California

Report Number 2007-030 (Issued 2007-04-26)
State Bar of California: With Strategic Planning Not Yet Completed, It Projects General Fund Deficits and Needs Continued Improvement in Program Administration

State Controller's Office

Report Number 2007-109 (Issued 2007-11-29)
DNA Identification Fund: Improvements Are Needed in Reporting Fund Revenues and Assessing and Distributing DNA Penalties, but Counties and Courts We Reviewed Have Properly Collected Penalties and Transferred Revenues to the State

Superior Court of California, Los Angeles

Report Number 2007-109 (Issued 2007-11-29)
DNA Identification Fund: Improvements Are Needed in Reporting Fund Revenues and Assessing and Distributing DNA Penalties, but Counties and Courts We Reviewed Have Properly Collected Penalties and Transferred Revenues to the State

Superior Court of California, Sacramento

Report Number 2007-109 (Issued 2007-11-29)
DNA Identification Fund: Improvements Are Needed in Reporting Fund Revenues and Assessing and Distributing DNA Penalties, but Counties and Courts We Reviewed Have Properly Collected Penalties and Transferred Revenues to the State

Toxic Substances Control, Department of

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Transportation, Department of

Report Number 2008-112 (Issued 2008-11-18)
Electronic Waste: Some State Agencies Have Discarded Their Electronic Waste Improperly, While State and Local Oversight Is Limited

Report Number 2007-106 (Issued 2007-09-13)
Grade Separation Program: An Unchanged Budget and Project Allocation Levels Established More Than 30 Years Ago May Discourage Local Agencies From Taking Advantage of the Program

Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

Report Number 2008-103 (Issued 2008-11-20)
California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board: Its Weak Policies and Practices Could Undermine Employment Opportunity and Lead to the Misuse of State Resources

Veterans Affairs, Department of

Report Number 2007-121 (Issued 2008-04-24)
Veterans Home of California at Yountville: It Needs Stronger Planning and Oversight in Key Operational Areas, and Some Processes for Resolving Complaints Need Improvement

Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board

Report Number 2008-113 (Issued 2008-12-09)
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board: It Has Begun Improving the Victim Compensation Program, but More Remains to Be Done

Water Resources, Department of

Report Number 2007-108 (Issued 2007-11-01)
Department of Water Resources: Its Administration of Grants Under the Flood Protection Corridor Program Needs Improvement

Alameda County

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

American River College

Report Number 2006-032 (Issued 2007-01-23)
California's Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Stricter Controls and Greater Oversight Would Increase the Accuracy of Crime Statistics Reporting

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Report Number 2006-115 (Issued 2007-06-14)
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: Improved Practices in Applicant Selection, Contracting, and Marketing Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Emission Reductions and Enhanced Operations

Cal State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Report Number I2007-2 (Issued 2007-09-20)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: February 2007 Through June 2007 (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)

California Community Colleges

Report Number 2007-116 (Issued 2008-08-12)
Affordability of College Textbooks: Textbook Prices Have Risen Significantly in the Last Four Years, but Some Strategies May Help to Control These Costs for Students

California State University, Chancellor's Office

Report Number 2007-102.1 (Issued 2007-11-06)
California State University: It Needs to Strengthen Its Oversight and Establish Stricter Policies for Compensating Current and Former Employees

Report Number 2007-102.2 (Issued 2007-12-11)
California State University: It Is Inconsistent in Considering Diversity When Hiring Professors, Management Personnel, Presidents, and System Executives

Report Number 2007-116 (Issued 2008-08-12)
Affordability of College Textbooks: Textbook Prices Have Risen Significantly in the Last Four Years, but Some Strategies May Help to Control These Costs for Students

Calfornia State University, Long Beach

Report Number 2006-032 (Issued 2007-01-23)
California's Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Stricter Controls and Greater Oversight Would Increase the Accuracy of Crime Statistics Reporting

Fresno County

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Kings County

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Los Angeles County

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Orange County

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Placer County

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

Riverside County

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Report Number 2006-115 (Issued 2007-06-14)
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: Improved Practices in Applicant Selection, Contracting, and Marketing Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Emission Reductions and Enhanced Operations

San Bernardino County

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

San Diego County

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Report Number 2006-115 (Issued 2007-06-14)
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: Improved Practices in Applicant Selection, Contracting, and Marketing Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Emission Reductions and Enhanced Operations

Santa Clara County

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Report Number 2007-129 (Issued 2008-07-31)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: It Has Made Several Improvements in Recent Years, but Changes Are Still Needed

Solano County

Report Number 2008-106 (Issued 2008-09-18)
County Poll Workers: The Office of the Secretary of State Has Developed Statewide Guidelines, but County Training Programs Need Some Improvement

Sonoma County

Report Number 2006-036 (Issued 2007-07-12)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Local Governments Do Not Always Use It to Mitigate the Impacts of Casinos, and Its Viability Will Be Adversely Affected by Compact Amendments

South Coast Air Quality Management District

Report Number 2006-115 (Issued 2007-06-14)
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: Improved Practices in Applicant Selection, Contracting, and Marketing Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Emission Reductions and Enhanced Operations

Stanford University

Report Number 2006-032 (Issued 2007-01-23)
California's Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Stricter Controls and Greater Oversight Would Increase the Accuracy of Crime Statistics Reporting

University of California, Office of the President

Report Number 2007-116 (Issued 2008-08-12)
Affordability of College Textbooks: Textbook Prices Have Risen Significantly in the Last Four Years, but Some Strategies May Help to Control These Costs for Students

University of California, Berkeley

Report Number 2006-032 (Issued 2007-01-23)
California's Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Stricter Controls and Greater Oversight Would Increase the Accuracy of Crime Statistics Reporting

University of California, Los Angeles

Report Number 2006-032 (Issued 2007-01-23)
California's Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Stricter Controls and Greater Oversight Would Increase the Accuracy of Crime Statistics Reporting

University of Southern California

Report Number 2006-032 (Issued 2007-01-23)
California's Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Stricter Controls and Greater Oversight Would Increase the Accuracy of Crime Statistics Reporting


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