Report 2015-047 Recommendation 8 Responses

Report 2015-047: The State Bar of California: Its Lack of Transparency Has Undermined Its Communications With Decision Makers and Stakeholders (Release Date: May 2016)

Recommendation #8 To: Bar of California, State

To increase the transparency and comparability of its financial information, the State Bar should disclose the reasons for any significant changes to program costs.

Agency Response*

See State Bar's 2017 budget submission which reflects implementation of this recommendation.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: March 2017
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

Agency Response*

see 60-day response

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: 1/31/17
  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

Agency Response*

Explanations regarding significant changes to program costs are included in the 2015 audited financial statement. Staff also updated the General Accounting Policies to include this required procedure for future financial reporting practices. The State Bar's 2017 budget submission will reflect full implementation of these new disclosure practices.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: 1/31/2017
  • Response Date: July 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

The State Bar plans to submit supporting documentation at its 6 month response.

All Recommendations in 2015-047

†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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