Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations - 2010

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 or investigation may involve more than one issue or because it may cross the jurisdictions of more than one standing committee, a report summary could be included in more than one policy area. For example, for an audit of the Grade Separation Program, the audit report summary would be listed under three policy areas—Energy, Utilities and Communications; Privacy and Public Safety; and Transportation.

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 and Summary Table
Audit Report Summaries by Policy Area

IndexState And Local Entities with Recommendations from Audits Included In This Special Report

Policy Areas

Aging and Long-Term Care
Appropriations
Banking, Finance and Insurance
Business, Professions and Economic Development
Education
Elections, Redistricting and Constitutional Amendments
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Environment Quality and Toxic Materials
Governmental Organization
Health and Human Services
Higher Education
Housing and Community Development
Judiciary
Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations
Local Government
Natural Resources and Water
Public Employees and Retirement
Public Safety
Revenue and Taxation
Transportation
Veterans Affairs


Aging and Long-Term Care

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

Appropriations

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 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 2009-501 (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)

Banking, Finance and Insurance

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

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

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

Business, Professions and Economic Development

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 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

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

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

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 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 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 Corrections and Rehabilitation and Department of General Services)

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)

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

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

Education

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

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

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

Elections, Redistricting and Constitutional 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

Energy, Utilities and Communications

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

Environment Quality and Toxic Materials

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

Governmental Organization

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 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

Health and Human 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 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 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

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 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 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

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

Higher Education

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

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

Housing and Community Development

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

Judiciary

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

Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations

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

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

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

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

Local Government

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

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 2008-106 (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

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 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

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

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 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

Natural Resources and Water

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

Public Employees and Retirement

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Public Safety

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

Revenue and Taxation

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

Transportation

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

Veterans Affairs

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


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