Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations - 2010

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 2010.


Auditees

State Entities:

Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun
California Prison Health Care Services
California State University
California State University, Chancellor's Office
Commission on State Mandates
Community Colleges
Contractors State License Board
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of
Development Services, Department of
Education, Department of
Employment Development Department
Energy Resource Conservation and Development Commission
Environmental Protection Agency
Finance, Department of
Fish and Game, Department of
General Services, Department of
Health Care Services, Department of
Health Facilities Financing Authority
Highway Patrol, California
Housing and Community Development, Department of
Housing Finance Agency
Insurance, Department of
Integrated Waste Management Board
Justice, Department of
Mental Health, Department of
Motor Vehicles, Department of
Parks and Recreation, Department of
Public Health, Department of
Secretary of State
Social Services, Department of
State Bar of California
State Board of Chiropratic Examiners
State Compensation Insurance Fund
State Controller's Office
State Personnel Board
Toxic Substances Control, Department of
Transportation, Department of
Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
University of California
Veterans Affairs, Department of
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board

Local Entities:

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Escondido County
Fresno County
Kings County
Los Angeles County
Orange County
Riverside County
San Diego County
San Joaquin County
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Solano County


Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun

Report Number 2009-043 (Issued 2009-11-24)
Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun: It Needs to Develop Procedures and Controls Over Its Operations and Finances to Ensure That It Complies With Legal Requirements

California Prison Health Care Services

Report Number 2008-501 (Issued 2009-01-29)
California Prison Health Care Services: It Lacks Accurate Data and Does Not Always Comply With State and Court-Ordered Requirements When Acquiring Information Technology Goods and Services

Report Number I2008-0805 (Issued 2009-01-22)
California Prison Health Care Services: Improper Contracting Decisions and Poor Internal Controls

California State University

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 I2007-1158 (Issued 2009-12-03)
California State University, Chancellor's Office: Failure to Follow Reimbursement Policies Resulted in Improper and Wasteful Expenditures

Commission on State Mandates

Report Number 2009-501 (Issued 2009-10-15)
State Mandates: Operational and Structural Changes Have Yielded Limited Improvements in Expediting Processes and in Controlling Costs and Liabilities

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

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)

Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

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 2009-107.1 (Issued 2009-09-08)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Fails to Track and Use Data That Would Allow It to More Effectively Monitor and Manage Its Operations

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Department of General Services)

Report Number I2008-0805 (Issued 2009-01-22)
California Prison Health Care Services: Improper Contracting Decisions and Poor Internal Controls

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 I2009-0702 (Issued 2009-11-17)
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Its Poor Internal Controls Allowed Facilities to Overpay Employees for Inmate Supervision

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

Development Services, Department of

Report Number 2009-608 (Issued 2009-10-20)
High Risk Update—State Overtime Costs: A Variety of Factors Resulted in Significant Overtime Costs at the Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Services

Education, Department of

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

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Employment Development Department)

Energy Resource Conservation and Development Commission

Report Number 2009-119.1 (Issued 2009-12-01)
California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: It Is Not Fully Prepared to Award and Monitor Millions in Recovery Act Funds and Lacks Controls to Prevent Their Misuse

Environmental Protection Agency

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

Finance, Department of

Report Number 2009-501 (Issued 2009-10-15)
State Mandates: Operational and Structural Changes Have Yielded Limited Improvements in Expediting Processes and in Controlling Costs and Liabilities

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Finance)

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

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response)

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

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Department of General Services)

Health Care Services, Department of

Report Number 2009-103 (Issued 2009-09-10)
Departments of Health Care Services and Public Health: Their Actions Reveal Flaws in the State's Oversight of the California Constitution's Implied Civil Service Mandate and in the Departments' Contracting for Information Technology 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

Health Facilities Financing Authority

Report Number 2009-042 (Issued 2009-05-21)
Children's Hospital Program: Procedures for Awarding Grants Are Adequate, but Some Improvement Is Needed in Managing Grants and Complying With the Governor's Bond Accountability Program

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

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

Housing and Community Development, Department of

Report Number 2009-037 (Issued 2009-11-10)
Department of Housing and Community Development: Housing Bond Funds Generally Have Been Awarded Promptly and in Compliance With Law, but Monitoring Continues to Need Improvement

Housing Finance Agency

Report Number 2009-037 (Issued 2009-11-10)
Department of Housing and Community Development: Housing Bond Funds Generally Have Been Awarded Promptly and in Compliance With Law, but Monitoring Continues to Need Improvement

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

Integrated Waste Management Board

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

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 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)

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Justice)

Mental Health, Department of

Report Number 2009-608 (Issued 2009-10-20)
High Risk Update—State Overtime Costs: A Variety of Factors Resulted in Significant Overtime Costs at the Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Services

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

Parks and Recreation, Department of

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Parks and Recreation)

Public Health, 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

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 2009-103 (Issued 2009-09-10)
Departments of Health Care Services and Public Health: Their Actions Reveal Flaws in the State's Oversight of the California Constitution's Implied Civil Service Mandate and in the Departments' Contracting for Information Technology Services

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

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

Report Number 2009-101 (Issued 2009-11-03)
Department of Social Services: For the CalWORKs and Food Stamp Programs, It Lacks Assessments of Cost-Effectiveness and Misses Opportunities to Improve Counties' Antifraud Efforts

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (Department of Social Services)

State Bar of California

Report Number 2009-030 (Issued 2009-07-21)
State Bar of California: It Can Do More to Manage Its Disciplinary System and Probation Processes Effectively and to Control Costs

State Board of Chiropratic Examiners

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

State Compensation Insurance Fund

Report Number I2009-1 (Issued 2009-04-28)
Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees: July 2008 Through December 2008 (State Compensation Insurance Fund)

State Controller's Office

Report Number 2009-501 (Issued 2009-10-15)
State Mandates: Operational and Structural Changes Have Yielded Limited Improvements in Expediting Processes and in Controlling Costs and Liabilities

State Personnel Board

Report Number 2009-103 (Issued 2009-09-10)
Departments of Health Care Services and Public Health: Their Actions Reveal Flaws in the State's Oversight of the California Constitution's Implied Civil Service Mandate and in the Departments' Contracting for Information Technology Services

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

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

University of California

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

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

Report Number 2009-108 (Issued 2009-10-27)
California Department of Veterans Affairs: Although It Has Begun to Increase Its Outreach Efforts and to Coordinate With Other Entities, It Needs to Improve Its Strategic Planning Process, and Its CalVet Home Loan Program Is Not Designed to Address the Housing Needs of Some Veterans

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

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

Contra Costa County

Report Number 2008-107 (Issued 2009-04-23)
Temporary Workers in Local Government: Although Some Workers Have Limited Opportunities, Most Have Reasonable Access to Permanent Employment and Earn the Same Wage Rates as Permanent Workers

Escondido County

Report Number 2008-107 (Issued 2009-04-23)
Temporary Workers in Local Government: Although Some Workers Have Limited Opportunities, Most Have Reasonable Access to Permanent Employment and Earn the Same Wage Rates as Permanent Workers

Fresno 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

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

Riverside County

Report Number 2008-107 (Issued 2009-04-23)
Temporary Workers in Local Government: Although Some Workers Have Limited Opportunities, Most Have Reasonable Access to Permanent Employment and Earn the Same Wage Rates as Permanent Workers

San Diego 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

San Joaquin County

Report Number 2008-107 (Issued 2009-04-23)
Temporary Workers in Local Government: Although Some Workers Have Limited Opportunities, Most Have Reasonable Access to Permanent Employment and Earn the Same Wage Rates as Permanent Workers

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


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