Report 2009-501 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 2009-501: State Mandates: Operational and Structural Changes Have Yielded Limited Improvements in Expediting Processes and in Controlling Costs and Liabilities (Release Date: October 2009)

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Recommendations to Controller's Office, State
Number Recommendation Status
2

To ensure that it can meet its responsibilities, including a heightened focus on audits of state mandates, the Controller should work with Finance to obtain sufficient resources.

Fully Implemented
3

The Controller should increase its efforts to fill vacant positions in its Mandated Cost Audits Bureau.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to Finance, Department of
Number Recommendation Status
8

To promote the legislatively determined, joint, and Commission processes and to provide the necessary information to assess their success, the Commission and Finance should inform local entities of these processes by making information about the alternatives readily available on their Web sites.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to Mandates, Commission on State
Number Recommendation Status
1

To ensure that it resolves sufficiently its backlog of test claims, incorrect reduction claims, and the boilerplate amendment request, the Commission should work with Finance to seek additional resources to reduce its backlog, including test claims and incorrect reduction claims. In doing so, Commission staff should prioritize its workload and seek efficiencies to the extent possible.

Fully Implemented
4

To ensure that it resolves sufficiently its backlog of test claims, incorrect reduction claims, and the boilerplate amendment request, the Commission should implement its work plan to address the Controllerís boilerplate amendment.

5

To promote the legislatively determined, joint, and Commission processes and to provide the necessary information to assess their success, the Commission should add additional information in its semiannual report to inform the Legislature about the status of mandates being developed under joint and Commission processes, including delays that may be occurring. If the Commission believes it needs a statutory change to implement this recommendation, it should seek it.

6

To promote the legislatively determined, joint, and Commission processes and to provide the necessary information to assess their success, the Commission and Finance should inform local entities of these processes by making information about the alternatives readily available on their Web sites.

7

The Commission should continue its efforts to work with the legislative subcommittee and other relevant parties to establish a reconsideration process that will allow mandates to undergo revision when appropriate.



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