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 to University of California, Davis|
UC Davis should ensure that the strawberry program is adequately funded. To address the strawberry program's recent loss of funding, the university should consider allocating more of the strawberry program's patent income back to the program itself. In addition, UC Davis should regularly reassess the appropriateness of the strawberry program's royalty rates charged to licensees and adjust the rates as needed to support the program.
The department should prepare a balanced budget for each fiscal year that details how it will fund the strawberry breeding program. In addition, it should begin comparing actual income and expenses to the budget periodically to ensure that the program is operating in a cost-efficient manner and is adequately funded.
To better enable it to effectively monitor and report the financial condition of the strawberry program, UC Davis should implement its plan to begin accounting for the strawberry program's financial activities separately from those of the breeder in fiscal year 2015-16.
UC Davis should collect all late fees that its licensees owe.
|Will Not Implement|
If UC Davis considers providing future discounts on royalty rates, it should structure the agreements to ensure that it receives a commensurate benefit during the entire time that licensees receive discounts.
UC Davis should develop a risk-based audit plan to begin periodically reviewing the financial records of master licensees and licensed nurseries to ensure that they are accurately reporting all of their sales of licensed strawberry varieties and paying the university all the royalties it is entitled to. To encourage compliance, UC Davis should notify all master licensees and licensed nurseries that it will begin auditing the sales records of selected licensees.