Report 2016-133 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 2016-133: SAFE-BIDCO: At Risk of Insolvency, It Needs Increased Oversight if It Is to Receive State Funding and Continue to Help Small Businesses in California Gain Financing (Release Date: April 2017)

Recommendations to Legislature
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To ensure that SAFE-BIDCO's operations are subject to appropriate oversight and to fulfill its mission of providing financing to small businesses, the Legislature should establish SAFE-BIDCO as a program within the Treasurer's Office.


To track SAFE-BIDCO's performance in fulfilling its mission to provide assistance to California small businesses, the Legislature should require SAFE-BIDCO to report to the Legislature annually on its revenue and expenses and the success of its programs.

Recommendations to State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business, and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO)
Number Recommendation Status

If it is not established as a program within a state entity, SAFE-BIDCO should by April 2018 research options to address its obligations, such as setting aside funds dedicated to its OPEB liabilities and take appropriate action based on the research performed to ensure that it has sufficient funding to fulfill its OPEB obligations to its employees and retirees.


If it is not established as a program within a state entity, SAFE-BIDCO should take steps to raise funds by seeking donations to obtain needed capital.


If it is not established as a program within a state entity, SAFE-BIDCO should by October 2017 take steps to increase participation on its subcommittees by its board members, such as by assigning board members to subcommittees, to receive the full range of experience and expertise of its board members.


To obtain the best value for its limited funds, SAFE-BIDCO should by October 2017 establish a policy and related procedures requiring that it seek competitive bids for significant contracted services. The policy should establish a dollar threshold for what services SAFE-BIDCO considers significant.


Regardless of whether the Legislature establishes SAFE-BIDCO as a program within a state entity, it should do the following:
-To ensure that it spends its funds furthering its mission of helping California small businesses, SAFE-BIDCO should decrease its travel expenses by adopting a travel budget in consideration of its expenses and mission and limiting out-of-state travel.


SAFE-BIDCO should by October 2017 create one central report that includes revenue goals and actual performance for each program it operates to ensure that decision makers, such as the board of directors, Legislature, and other stakeholders have sufficient information to assess its performance.


SAFE-BIDCO should by October 2017 establish policies and procedures for a supervisorial review process of its loan files to ensure that its loans comply with the requirements of its programs.


To ensure consistency of its reviews and approvals of loan applications, SAFE-BIDCO should establish a process to provide all loan committee members with its financing assistance policy.


To make certain that loan committee members are aware of statutory requirements, SAFE-BIDCO should revise its financing assistance policy to ensure that it contains all required language, including emphasizing consideration of applications that will increase employment of disadvantaged, disabled, or unemployed persons or increase employment of youth residing in areas of high youth unemployment and delinquency.


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