Report 2012-042 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report 2012-042: Children's Hospital Program: Fund Disbursements Are Appropriate, but Estimates of Cash Needs Have Been Consistently High (Release Date: July 2012)

Recommendation #3 To: Health Facilities Financing Authority, California

To allow for more accurate planning of upcoming cash needs, the authority should refine its cash-projection process to more accurately reflect its near-term cash needs. Specifically, the authority should refrain from requesting additional bond sales for projects that have not yet received project approval from the authority.

1-Year Agency Response

The Authority no longer requests bond funds for projects not yet approved by the Authority. Commercial paper is generally issued monthly, allowing quick turnaround once disbursement requests are received on grants that have been approved, so delays in disbursements are unlikely.

The Authority has not received bond funds since December 2010.

  • Completion Date: January 2013
  • Response Date: July 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

Based on a review of the historical data of the program's grant disbursements, CHFFA's financial advisor concluded that because bond funding requests are made at six-month intervals and many disbursements are made within six months of grant approval, bond funding requests need to include anticipated applications in addition to approved grants. However, the Authority agrees that it should refrain from requesting additional bond funds for projects that have not yet received project approval from the Authority unless the Authority has documentation from the hospital showing the likelihood of project approval and disbursement within the six month window used to provide estimates to the Department of Finance.

  • Response Date: January 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

As part of the analysis described in Recommendation 2, the authority indicates its financial advisor will provide guidance in forecasting grant disbursement needs. It further indicates it will not request bond funds for projects that have not yet received project approval from the authority. (See 2013-406, p. 90)

  • Response Date: September 2012

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2012-042

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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