Report 2015-130 Recommendation 14 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 #14 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, developing standardized periodic training content for all CalGang users and training instructors. Justice should guide the board and the committee to develop such standardized training content by June 30, 2017.

1-Year Agency Response

At the California Gang Node Advisory Committee and CalGang Executive Board meetings in May 2017, Justice discussed the progress of this recommendation. The committee advised it had developed standardized training, which was incorporated into the existing mandatory training components.

All CalGang users and training instructors receive the standardized training. All users are required to complete a CalGang End User Security Notification upon completion of training.

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.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Implemented according to the committee. However, the CSA's recommendation includes a requirement that the training occur periodically. Until the Legislature grants Justice express authority, Justice cannot compel the board and committee to update or develop further training or to implement or enforce the training.
  • Response Date: August 2017

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


6-Month Agency Response

Justice management attended the CalGang Executive Board meeting in September 2016. This recommendation was discussed at the meeting. According to the board, there are currently mandatory components used in all agency training. The board will review the mandatory components and develop standardized training for all nodes as well as customized training for each individual node. Justice will review the training prior to implementation.

At the recent California Gang Node Advisory Committee and CalGang Executive Board meetings in February 2017, Justice discussed the progress of this recommendation. At the meeting, the committee advised it has developed standardized training, is on track to implementing by the recommended date, and will send the curriculum to Justice for review.

Justice currently has no existing authority, 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, 2017
  • 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. This recommendation was discussed at the meeting. According to the board, there are currently mandatory components used in all agency training. The board will review the mandatory components and develop standardized training for all nodes as well as customized training for each individual node. Justice will review the training prior to implementation.

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, 2017
  • Response Date: October 2016

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


All Recommendations in 2015-130

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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