Report I2019-4 Recommendation 1 Responses

Report I2019-4: Gross Mismanagement Led to the Misuse of State Resources and Multiple Violations of State Laws (Release Date: August 2019)

Case Number I2017-0840

Recommendation #1 To: Food and Agriculture, Department of

CDFA:

Ensure that its audit office conducts biannual compliance audits for all district agricultural associations and that the office prioritizes auditing district agricultural associations on the watch program.

Agency Response From November 2020

CDFA reported that its request for additional funding was denied and it does not have auditors available until May 2021. It stated that it is beginning the process to engage the services of a CPA firm to perform the audit of the association in January 2021.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response From May 2020

CDFA reported that it plans to conduct the compliance audit for the association in September 2020 and that it submitted a request for additional funding to the Legislature in January 2020, requesting two full-time permanent auditor positions and one limited-term auditor position to assist with performing compliance audits with prioritization of those on the watch program.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response From February 2020

CDFA previously reported that it requested that its audit office schedule the association for a compliance audit between the spring and summer of 2020. As of February 2020, it has not provided confirmation of the date when the audit will be conducted, nor has it explained how it will ensure that it will conduct biannual compliance audits for all district agricultural associations, prioritizing those on the watch program.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response From October 2019

CDFA reported that it requested that its audit office schedule the association for a compliance audit between the spring and summer of 2020. As of October 2019, it has not provided confirmation of when the audit is scheduled, nor has it explained how it will ensure that it will conduct biannual compliance audits for all district agricultural associations, prioritizing those on the watch program.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


All Recommendations in I2019-4