Report 2013-101 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 2013-101: Salton Sea Restoration Fund: The State Has Not Fully Funded a Restoration Plan and the State's Future Mitigation Costs Are Uncertain (Release Date: November 2013)

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Recommendations to Legislature
Number Recommendation Status
1

To ensure that the feasibility study it recently funded will provide it with meaningful and timely information, the Legislature should enact legislation that contains specific guidance to the Resources Agency regarding the Legislature's priorities for restoring the Salton Sea so that the Resources Agency can address those priorities when developing the feasibility study.

No Action Taken
2

To ensure that the feasibility study it recently funded will provide it with meaningful and timely information, the Legislature should enact legislation that provides a deadline for the completion of the feasibility study and submission of a restoration plan.

No Action Taken
3

To ensure that the feasibility study it recently funded will provide it with meaningful and timely information, the Legislature should enact legislation that requires the feasibility study to analyze and include the extent to which restoration activities could lessen the State's future financial obligations for mitigation under the QSA.

No Action Taken
4

To ensure that the feasibility study it recently funded will provide it with meaningful and timely information, the Legislature should enact legislation that once it has approved a restoration plan, it should hold a budget hearing to consider the appropriate funding mechanism.

No Action Taken
5

The Legislature should designate the Resources Agency as the implementing entity responsible for coordinating the efforts of all entities involved in the restoration and mitigation activities for the Salton Sea.

No Action Taken
Recommendations to Natural Resources Agency, California
Number Recommendation Status
6

To ensure that the Legislature has the information necessary to meet the State's restoration goals and to plan for the State's future financial obligations related to mitigation, the Resources Agency should work with Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources to do the following:
-Provide a written report to the Legislature on its recommendations for the content of the feasibility study no later than February 1, 2014. It should include in the report the State's progress to date on the Habitat Project.

Fully Implemented
7

To ensure that the Legislature has the information necessary to meet the State's restoration goals and to plan for the State's future financial obligations related to mitigation, the Resources Agency should work with Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources to meet with the Legislature regularly to provide updates on the status of its restoration efforts and the feasibility study to ensure that the Legislature has the information necessary to make funding and other informed decisions.

Partially Implemented
8

To ensure that the Legislature has the information necessary to meet the State's restoration goals and to plan for the State's future financial obligations related to mitigation, the Resources Agency should work with Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources to develop an estimate of the costs, adjusted for inflation, that the State may incur for fulfilling its financial obligations related to mitigation under the QSA. The Resources Agency should include this information in the feasibility study so the Legislature is fully aware of the estimated costs and timing of the State's future financial obligations.

Pending


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