Report 2016-110 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 2016-110: Trade Apprenticeship Programs: The State Needs to Better Oversee Apprenticeship Programs, Such as the Air Conditioning Trade Association's Sheet Metal Program (Release Date: November 2016)

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Recommendations to Central Unified School District
Number Recommendation Status
4

To ensure that ACTA was reimbursed only for allowable costs from fiscal years 2010-11 through 2014-15, Central Unified should determine how much it reimbursed ACTA for unallowable activities and work with the Chancellor's Office to determine how to recover those funds from ACTA.

Partially Implemented
5

To ensure that Central Unified correctly reimburses state funds to ACTA, Central Unified should develop a processólike the one it currently has for its other two apprenticeship programsóto verify that ACTA's apprentices have attended the online training courses for the corresponding hours ACTA reports. Further, Central
Unified should ensure that it reimburses apprenticeship programs only for allowable activities.

Fully Implemented
6

To limit its risk and to clarify its roles and responsibilities as they relate to ACTA, Central Unified should update its agreement with ACTA to reflect each party's current roles and responsibilities. Further, Central Unified should periodically update this agreement to ensure that the agreement continues to reflect current roles and responsibilities.

Pending
Recommendations to Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
Number Recommendation Status
7

To ensure that LEAs develop sound contract agreements with apprenticeship programs, the Chancellor's Office and the apprenticeship division should develop a model agreement to outline the types of information, roles, and responsibilities for both parties as the Education Code requires and make this model agreement available to K-12 LEAs by April 2017. In addition, this model agreement should specify that K-12 LEAs will verify that the apprentices have attended the instructional courses by collecting supporting documentation such as sign-in sheets or rosters.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to Industrial Relations, Department of
Number Recommendation Status
1

To better oversee state apprenticeship programs, the apprenticeship division should resume conducting program audits by December 2016. As part of such audits, the apprenticeship division should ensure that apprenticeship programs receiving grants are appropriately spending the money to train apprentices.

Fully Implemented
3

Until it implements new case management software in April 2017, the apprenticeship division should ensure that consultants perform and track their oversight activities. Furthermore, once the software is implemented, the apprenticeship division should ensure that consultants consistently use the software to document their oversight activities. Finally, the apprenticeship division should improve the usefulness of the site visit reports to provide the findings and an evaluation of each apprenticeship program, and it should periodically verify that consultants are performing their required oversight activities, including attending apprenticeship committee meetings and performing site visits.

Partially Implemented
8

To ensure that LEAs develop sound contract agreements with apprenticeship programs, the Chancellor's Office and the apprenticeship division should develop a model agreement to outline the types of information, roles, and responsibilities for both parties as the Education Code requires and make this model agreement available to K-12 LEAs by April 2017. In addition, this model agreement should specify that K-12 LEAs will verify that the apprentices have attended the instructional courses by collecting supporting documentation such as sign-in sheets or rosters.

Fully Implemented
9

To ensure the proper oversight of funding for related and supplemental instruction and to clarify the roles of the entities involved in the State's apprenticeship system, the apprenticeship division should work with the Apprenticeship Council to formally approve the common administrative practices document by April 2017 and distribute it to all relevant parties within that system. In addition, to ensure the proper reimbursement of apprenticeship programs, the common administrative practices document should specify that K-12 LEAs take steps to verify that the apprentices actually attended the courses and that the apprenticeship attendance hours reported are for allowable activities only.

Fully Implemented
11

To ensure that the apprenticeship division is overseeing apprenticeship programs adequately, it should consider periodically checking with U.S. Labor to determine what investigations it has recently conducted on apprenticeship programs. The apprenticeship division could use this information as a basis for conducting its own audit to ensure apprenticeship programs are using state funds appropriately.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to Legislature
Number Recommendation Status
2

The Legislature should amend state law to provide the apprenticeship division with explicit authority to verify that as a condition of receiving future grant funds, apprenticeship programs are using state funds solely for training apprentices. In addition, if an apprenticeship program is unable to demonstrate how state funds are used or if it is found to be using funds for inappropriate purposes, the apprenticeship division should have the authority to deregister that particular program.

10

To ensure accountability, the Legislature should amend state law to clarify that the Chancellor's Office has the authority to provide accounting guidance to and conduct audits of the K-12 LEAs' oversight of apprenticeship training funds.



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