Report 2020-611 Recommendations
When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information and periodic reports regarding their progress in implementing the reportís recommendations. For audits conducted under the State High Risk Audit Program, these periodic reports are due every 90 days from the issue date of the report until such time as the State Auditor directs the auditee otherwise, according to title 2, section 61024 of the California Code of Regulations. 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 2020-611: California Department of Housing and Community Development: It Failed to Expedite Access to Federal Funding to Address the Impact of the COVID‑19 Pandemic on California's Homeless Population (Release Date: August 2021)
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To ensure that CoCs are able to use their ESG-CV funds before the September 2022 deadline, the department should prioritize completing the one remaining contract amendment for the second round of funding.
To ensure that the CoCs use their allocated ESG-CV funds by the March 2022 and the September 2022 deadlines, the department should immediately work with its contractor to establish a process for and begin monitoring CoCs' spending. It should use projections to identify those CoCs that are at risk of not spending their funds by the deadlines, and the department should work closely with its contractor to develop a plan to assist those CoCs. In addition, by October 2021, the department should establish a contingency plan to reallocate unspent ESG-CV funds among the CoCs to ensure that the State maximizes the intended benefit of this funding.
To ensure its ability to more quickly provide CoCs with access to emergency funding that the federal government allocates to the State in the future, such as additional ESG-CV funding, the department should, by December 2021, develop a strategy that it can use in emergency situations to more efficiently complete or amend contracts and make funding available to recipients.
To ensure that the contractor it hired to manage the ESG-CV program effectively performs the numerous critical tasks contained in its contract, the department should immediately develop a formal plan and processes to track the contractor's progress and to verify that the contractor's work products comply with ESG-CV federal requirements.
To ensure that it has the data necessary to measure the effect the ESG-CV program has in addressing homelessness, the department should immediately develop and implement a plan to collect outcome information either independently or through HDIS. Also, by March 2022, the department should begin reporting annually the outcome information it collects so that it can demonstrate the effectiveness of its programs and so that decision makers can use the reported data to inform budget and policy decisions.