Report 2015-130 Recommendation 11 Responses

Report 2015-130: The CalGang Criminal Intelligence System: As the Result of Its Weak Oversight Structure, It Contains Questionable Information That May Violate Individuals' Privacy Rights (Release Date: August 2016)

Recommendation #11 To: Justice, Department of

As the Legislature considers creating a public program for shared gang database oversight and accountability, Justice should guide the board and the committee to identify and address the shortcomings that exist in CalGang's current operations and oversight. The guidance Justice provides to the board and the committee should address, but not be limited to, instructing user agencies that use CalGang to complete a comprehensive review of all the gangs documented in CalGang to determine if they meet the necessary requirements for inclusion and to purge from CalGang any groups that do not meet the requirements. Justice should guide the board and the committee to ensure that user agencies complete this review in phases, with the final phase to be completed by June 30, 2018.

1-Year Agency Response

At the California Gang Node Advisory Committee and CalGang Executive Board meeting in May 2017, Justice inquired as to whether a timeline for completion of each phase had been completed and requested a written update on the progress toward completing each review, by node and agency, prior to each quarterly meeting. As of August 2017, neither had been provided. The committee stated that user agencies are reviewing all gangs in CalGang with three or less members and purging those that do not meet the defined gang criteria.

Additionally, since the introduction of AB 90 and SB 505, both of which would implement the recommendations of the audit, Justice has been involved in conversations with the authors' offices, providing technical guidance and suggestions as to best ways to implement.

Justice received funding and position authority from the Legislature for enhancements to the CalGang system with the FY 2017-18 budget; however, Justice will have no authority to implement the recommendations made by the CSA until legislation is passed. Justice will continue to work with the board and committee until express authority is granted by the Legislature.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2018
  • Response Date: August 2017

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


6-Month Agency Response

Justice discussed this recommendation with the attendees at the CalGang Executive Board meeting in September 2016 and recommended that the board establish a plan that would include timelines for each phase of the required review to ensure the completion of this recommendation. At the recent California Gang Node Advisory Committee and CalGang Executive Board meeting in February 2017, Justice inquired as to whether a timeline for completion of each phase has been completed and requested a written update on the progress toward completing each review, by node and agency, prior to each quarterly meeting. The Advisory Committee stated that it is developing a plan to provide for the auditing of records by other user agencies. Agencies discussed obtaining assistance from their internal Audit Divisions to assist in establishing proper audit protocol and procedures.

Justice currently has no existing authority, resources or program in place to handle oversight or administration of CalGang, however, Justice has begun dialogue with the board on each recommendation and will do everything possible to begin implementation until additional resources and funding are granted to the department.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2018
  • Response Date: February 2017

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


60-Day Agency Response

Justice management attended the CalGang Executive Board meeting in September 2016 and recommended that the board establish a plan that would include timelines for each phase of the required review to ensure the completion of this recommendation. Justice will follow-up with the board periodically to discuss progress of this recommendation, provide guidance and feedback, and help to ensure completion of each phase.

Justice currently has no existing resources or program in place to handle oversight or administration of CalGang, however, the department has begun dialogue with the board on each recommendation and will do everything possible to begin implementation until additional resources and funding are granted to the department.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2018
  • Response Date: October 2016

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


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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