Report 2015-605 Recommendations

When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.

Recommendations in Report 2015-605: High Risk - Covered California: It Must Ensure Its Financial Sustainability Moving Forward, and Its Use of Sole-Source Contracts Needs Improvement (Release Date: February 2016)

Recommendations to Covered California
Number Recommendation Status

Covered California should continue to monitor its plan for financial sustainability and revise the plan accordingly as factors change. Further, it should complete a formal analysis of the adequacy of its reserve level by December 31, 2016, and update this analysis as needed, so that it is prepared if it does not meet its revenue projections and needs to increase its funding or decrease its expenditures to maintain financial solvency. This formal analysis should identify those contracts it could quickly eliminate, among other actions it would take, in the event of a shortfall in revenues.

Fully Implemented

Covered California should continue to regularly review its enrollment projections and update the projections as needed to help ensure its financial sustainability.

Fully Implemented

To comply with state law, Covered California should ensure that its staff comply with the changes to its recently-adopted procurement manual that incorporate contracting policies and procedures that are substantially similar to the provisions contained in the State Contracting Manual.

Fully Implemented

Before executing any sole-source contracts, Covered California should adequately document the necessity for using a noncompetitive process in its written justifications and, in doing so, demonstrate valid reasons for not competitively bidding the services.

Fully Implemented

Covered California should improve its project management of contracts to ensure that it allows adequate time so it can use the competitive bidding process as appropriate.

Fully Implemented

Covered California needs to develop a process by June 2016 to ensure that it accurately enters information regarding its contracts into its contract database.

Fully Implemented

To ensure that CalHEERS does not face delays and cost overruns in the implementation of planned releases, Covered California should immediately contract with an independent party for IV&V services to highlight and address potential risks going forward.

Fully Implemented

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