Report 2015-608 Recommendation 13 Responses

Report 2015-608: High Risk: State Departments Need to Improve Their Workforce and Succession Planning Efforts to Mitigate the Risks of Increasing Retirements (Release Date: May 2015)

Recommendation #13 To: Social Services, Department of

Social Services should identify a key resource, such as a unit, by June 30, 2015, to track the results of workforce and succession planning activities across the department to ensure that the workforce and succession planning activities it implements are monitored on a departmentwide level.

Agency Response*

CDSS has completed the requested action and it has been fully implemented. The Department designated the Workforce Development Branch (WDB) to serve as the key departmentwide resource for workforce succession and planning. WDB has designated an Organizational Development Analyst that will continually partner with two other units to analyze vacancies and retirements for mission critical priorities. In partnership with Research Services and Special Projects, they will view trends and evaluate strategies of our workforce and succession planning activities annually, via multiple methodologies. The Department will update and evaluate as necessary to ensure that strategies are effective.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: June 2016
  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

The Workforce Development Bureau (WDB) remains the ideal unit to track results and findings of the workforce and succession planning efforts. Processes to achieve these goals are being revised and evaluated to be implemented by June 2016. The Bureau will be utilizing this opportunity to further refine its monitoring processes, in addition to increasing qualified staff available to manage the project.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2016
  • Response Date: May 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

The Workforce Development Bureau is the entity within the Department tracking the results of workforce and succession planning activities. The Department expects to complete the deliverables by December 2015.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2015
  • Response Date: October 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

In its initial response, CDSS identified the Training and Development Unit to perform the previously mentioned function; however, the Workforce Development Bureau is the more appropriate entity within the Department to track the results of workforce and succession planning activities. Additionally, the Department expects to complete the deliverables by December 2015; rather than the previously stated 2016.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2015
  • Response Date: July 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


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†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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