Report I2017-2 All Recommendation Responses

Report I2017-2: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Inaccurate Attendance Records, Violation of State Laws, and Misuse of State Resources (Release Date: October 2017)

Case Number I2015-0959

Recommendation #1 To: Atascadero State Hospital

The Department of State Hospitals (State Hospitals) should take appropriate disciplinary action against the psychiatric technician.

Case Number I2015-0959

Recommendation #2 To: Atascadero State Hospital

State Hospitals should take steps to recoup the $7,540 of overtime pay from the psychiatric technician.

Case Number I2015-0959

Recommendation #3 To: Atascadero State Hospital

State Hospitals should take appropriate corrective actions to address the failures of the shift lead and the supervisor and to ensure they fulfill their responsibilities for recognizing and addressing attendance abuse.

Case Number I2016-0604

Recommendation #4 To: Water Resources, Department of

The Department of Water Resources (Water Resources) should ensure the administrative supervisor starts accounting for partial-day absences in accordance with her classification as a nonexempt employee.

Case Number I2016-0604

Recommendation #5 To: Water Resources, Department of

Water Resources should ensure its management is knowledgeable about individual staff classifications and their time-reporting requirements.

Case Number I2016-0244

Recommendation #6 To: University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis, should require the professor to undergo travel reimbursement training that should focus specifically on appropriate and allowable expenses.

Agency Response*

University of California, Davis, reported that it provided training to the professor and his administrative assistant in September 2017.

  • Response Date: September 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Case Number I2016-1360

Recommendation #7 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation should issue a memo to all staff no later than November 2017, and annually thereafter, regarding the prohibition of raffles and the unauthorized sale of alcohol and ammunition.

Agency Response*

In November 2017, Corrections issued a memo to all of its employees regarding the prohibition of raffles and the unauthorized sale of alcohol and ammunition.

  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

In August 2017, Corrections stated that it agreed with our findings related to the illegal raffle and that it intended to educate its staff regarding the problems associated with holding the type of raffle discussed in this report. It plans to issue guidance to employees by November 2017 about the appropriate ways to hold workplace events involving prizes, donations, or fundraising.

However, Corrections did not agree that an illegal sale of alcohol occurred. Corrections asserted that a true sale, as a matter of law, would not include an element of chance. We disagree with Corrections' assertion and reaffirm that Business and Professions Code section 23025 specifies that a sale of alcohol occurs every time the ownership of alcohol transfers from one party to another for any consideration. Since participants purchased tickets to participate in the raffle, consideration was given that resulted in the illegal sale of alcohol each time the alcohol transferred ownership to the respective winner.

  • Response Date: August 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


All Recommendations in I2017-2


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