Report 2015-130 Recommendation 15 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 #15 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, establishing a plan to recertify all CalGang users and training instructors on the new training content. Justice should guide the board and the committee to complete the draft plan by June 30, 2017, and the recertification training by June 30, 2018.

1-Year Agency Response

At the recent California Gang Node Advisory Committee and CalGang Executive Board meetings in February 2017, Justice discussed the progress of this recommendation. The committee advised that it has established a subcommittee to develop the plan to ensure that every CalGang user is recertified every two years.

According to the board, the two-year recertification training will be built into the CalGang database and any current or new users due for training will need to complete and pass the training, prior to obtaining access. The system will require users to digitally sign a new user agreement at the completion of the training. This digitally signed document will be retained electronically within the database, associated with each user.

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 continue to work with the board and committee until express authority is granted by the Legislature.

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 1, 2017
  • 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. The board discussed the possibility of recertification training being done programmatically through the CalGang system. The board will develop the recertification plan and allow Justice to review the plan 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. The committee advised that it has established a subcommittee to develop the plan to ensure that every CalGang user is recertified every two years.

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, 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. The board discussed the possibility of recertification training being done programmatically through the CalGang system. The board will develop the recertification plan and allow Justice to review the plan 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, 2018
  • Response Date: October 2016

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


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