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California State Auditor Report Number: 2015-701

Recommendations for the Legislature From Audits Issued During 2014 and 2015

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Business and Professions

2014-116 California Department of Consumer Affairs’ BreEZe System: Inadequate Planning and Oversight Led to Implementation at Far Fewer Regulatory Entities at a Significantly Higher Cost (February 2015)—Require an Annual Report on the Status of the BreEZe Project

2013-045 Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education: It Has Consistently Failed to Meet Its Responsibility to Protect the Public’s Interests (March 2014)—Improve the State’s Ability to Protect the Public Through Effective Regulation of Postsecondary Institutions


2015-101 Inglewood Unified School District: The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Needs to Better Communicate His Approach for Reforming the District (November 2015)—Require the Superintendent to Document the State Administrator Appointment Process Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials

2013-122 California Department of Toxic Substances Control: Its Lack of Diligence in Cost Recovery Has Contributed to Millions in Unbilled and Uncollected Costs (August 2014)—Allow the Department to Assess a Higher Interest Rate for Late Payments and Require Financial Information From Potentially Responsible Parties

2014-110 California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery: The Beverage Container Recycling Program Continues to Face Deficits and Requires Changes to Become Financially Sustainable (November 2014)—Enact Statutory Changes That Increase Revenue and/or Reduce Costs

Governmental Organization

2015-608 High Risk: State Departments Need to Improve Their Workforce and Succession Planning Efforts to Mitigate the Risks of Increasing Retirements (May 2015)—Authorize an Agency to Provide Oversight to State Departments for Workforce and Succession Planning

2014-131 California State Government Websites: Departments Must Improve Website Accessibility So That Persons With Disabilities Have Comparable Access to State Services Online (June 2015)—Maximize Usage and Maintain Standards for State Government Website Accessibility

2015-611 High Risk Update: Information Security: Many State Entities’ Information Assets Are Potentially Vulnerable to Attack or Disruption (August 2015)—Mandate an Independent Security Assessment of Each Reporting Entity, and Authorize the Redirection of Funds to Remediate Information Security Weaknesses

2012-603 High Risk Update: State Agencies Credited Their Employees With Millions of Dollars Worth of Unearned Leave (August 2014)—Clarify the Statute of Limitations for Recovering the Overpayment of Leave Credits

Health and Human Services

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 (January 2015)—Provide State Funding for Diabetes Prevention Programs

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 (January 2015)—Require Fee Determinations to Be Based Upon Consistent Information

2015-503 Follow-Up—California Department of Social Services: It Has Not Corrected Previously Recognized Deficiencies in Its Oversight of Counties’ Antifraud Efforts for the CalWORKs and CalFresh Programs (June 2015)—Require Social Services to Annually Report on the Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System and Determine the Cost-Effectiveness of Any Proposed Alternative

2015-501 Follow-Up—California Department of Developmental Services: It Can Do More to Ensure That Regional Centers Comply With the Legislature’s Cost-Containment Measures Under the Lanterman Act (July 2015)—Strengthen Cost-Containment Measures in Current Law

2014-130 California Department of Health Care Services: It Should Improve Its Administration and Oversight of School‑Based Medi-Cal Programs (August 2015)—Allow Reimbursement Claims to Be Directly Submitted to Health Care Services and Require an Annual Report for the Administrative Activities Program

Higher Education

2013-124 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: California Universities Must Better Protect Students by Doing More to Prevent, Respond to, and Resolve Incidents (June 2014)—Require Universities to Annually Train Employees on and Provide Information to Students About Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Prevention

2015-032 California’s Postsecondary Educational Institutions: More Guidance Is Needed to Increase Compliance With Federal Crime Reporting Requirements (July 2015)—Require the Department of Justice to Provide Guidance on Campus Crime Reporting


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 (January 2015)—Redirect Compensation Savings to Trial Courts, Define Differences in Expenditures, and Require an Annual Independent Financial Audit

2015-030 State Bar of California: It Has Not Consistently Protected the Public Through Its Attorney Discipline Process and Lacks Accountability (June 2015)—Determine Cases to Include in Backlog, Limit Fund Balances, and Enact a Biennial Membership Fee Approval Process

Local Government

2013-036 Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund: Counties’ Benefit Committees Did Not Always Comply With State Laws for Distribution Fund Grants (March 2014)—Designate an Agency to Provide Oversight and Technical Assistance to the Benefit Committees

Natural Resources

2014-124 California’s Alternative Energy and Efficiency Initiatives: Two Programs Are Meeting Some Goals, but Several Improvements Are Needed (February 2015)—Determine Whether to Continue Funding the Thermal Program and Require the Air Resources Board to Assess the Effectiveness of the Decal Program

2015-102 Central Basin Municipal Water District: Its Board of Directors Has Failed to Provide the Leadership Necessary for It to Effectively Fulfill Its Responsibilities (December 2015)—Preserve the District as an Independent Entity, But Modify the Governance Structure

2013-126 Antelope Valley Water Rates: Various Factors Contribute to Differences Among Water Utilities (July 2014)—Clarify the Level of Detail Contained in the Rate Increase Notice Required by Proposition 218

Public Safety

2014-125 California Department of State Hospitals: It Could Increase the Consistency of Its Evaluations of Sex Offenders by Improving Its Assessment Protocol and Training (March 2015)—Allow State Hospitals Flexibility in Evaluating Whether Offenders Meet the Criteria of a Sexually Violent Predator

2015-504 Follow-Up—California Department of Justice: Delays in Fully Implementing Recommendations Prevent It From Accurately and Promptly Identifying All Armed Persons With Mental Illness, Resulting in Continued Risk to Public Safety (July 2015)—Require Completion of an Initial Case Review Within Seven Days

2014-109 Sexual Assault Evidence Kits: Although Testing All Kits Could Benefit Sexual Assault Investigations, the Extent of the Benefit Is Unknown (October 2014)—Direct Law Enforcement Agencies to Report the Number of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Collected and Tested and Require Testing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits in All Cases Where the Assailant’s Identity Is Unknown

Utilities & Commerce

2014-120 California Public Utilities Commission: It Needs to Improve the Quality of Its Consumer Complaint Data and the Controls Over Its Information Systems (April 2015)—Authorize the Commission to Collect VoIP Customer Information from Telephone Service Providers

2013-109 California Public Utilities Commission: Improved Monitoring of Balancing Accounts Would Better Ensure That Utility Rates Are Fair and Reasonable (March 2014)—Require the Commission to Develop a Risk-Based Approach for Reviewing Balancing Accounts and Remove the Requirement That the Commission Provide Audit Reports to the Board of Equalization

Veterans Affairs

2013-115 Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program: Meaningful Performance Standards and Better Guidance by the California Departments of General Services and Veterans Affairs Would Strengthen the Program (February 2014)—Revise Program Reporting Requirements or Require Awarding Departments to Maintain Detailed Support for Program Activities and Increase the Number of Disabled Veteran Enterprises That Contract With the State


Legislation Chaptered or Vetoed in the 2015–16 Regular Legislative Session

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