To ensure that its expenditures of bond funds achieve the intended purposes, Water Resources needs to strengthen its monitoring of project deliverables. For example, it should review the policies and practices of its various divisions, ensuring that periodic progress reports are obtained from grant recipients, and that final site visits document the results of the reviews performed.
In its one-year response, Water Resources provided evidence that it updated various policy manuals establishing expectations for conducting site visits and ensuring that deliverables are obtained. For example, Water Resources' division of flood management developed a desk reference manual that includes project close-out procedures and a checklist for staff to follow. Key aspects of this close-out process include ensuring and documenting that project objectives are met. Similarly, Water Resources' Division of Integrated Regional Water Management developed written procedures establishing expectations for conducting site visits and specifying items to evaluate during such visits. Water Resources also provided examples of documented site visits it had performed. (2013-406, p. 249)
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.