Report 2011-118/2011-613 Recommendation 5 Responses

Report 2011-118/2011-613: Conduit Bond Issuers: Issuers Complied With Key Bond Requirements, but Two Joint Powers Authorities' Compensation Models Raise Conflict-of-Interest Concerns (Release Date: August 2012)

Recommendation #5 To: Municipal Finance Authority, California

Municipal Finance should follow its July 2012 policy that describes how it will select contractors and periodically review existing contractors' services and prices to ensure the public funds it oversees are used effectively.

Agency Response*

In July 2012 Municipal Finance's board compared Sierra Management's services and prices to other conduit bond issuers and concluded that it is receiving the best value for the public funds it oversees. Municipal Finance also sought competitive bids for issuer/special counsel services in November 2012, which it stated was a result of its review of the services it was receiving. Municipal Finance affirmed that it will continue to follow its July 2012 policy, stating that for any engagement for professional services with a duration of at least one year, its board will conduct a review on a periodic basis to assess and evaluate the performance of the service provider. It added that it expects to conduct a review on an annual basis each January. (See 2013-406, p. 33)

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Response Date: November 2012

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2011-118/2011-613

†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response 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 or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.

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