Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations - 2006

Classified by Standing/Policy Committee

On this page we include links to summaries of audit reports we issued during the previous two years that relate to policy areas that generally correspond to the Assembly and Senate standing committees.

Because an audit may involve more than one issue or because it may cross the jurisdictions of more than one standing committee, an audit report summary could be included in more than one policy area. For example, if we audited a computer system at a university, the audit report summary may be listed under two policy areas - Education and Information Technology.

We also provide the following links to our audit report summaries classified by auditee/entity and by budget subcommittee.

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View the executive summary for the original audit report by clicking on the report number. The executive summary includes a link to the complete original audit report in PDF format.

View the summary of each audit report and the status of the auditee's implementation of the State Auditor's recommendations for each report by clicking on the report title.


View the complete Special Report to Assembly and Senate Standing/Policy Committees or view individual sections of the report by using the following links:

Report Cover
Transmittal Letter
Introduction
Audit Report Summaries by Policy Area

Appendix ASummary of Recommendations for Legislative Consideration by Policy Area
Appendix BSummary of Monetary Benefits Identified In Audit Reports From July 1, 2001, Through December 31, 2005
IndexState And Local Entities with Recommendations from Audits Included In This Special Report

Policy Areas

Aging and Long-Term Care
Agriculture and Water Resources
Appropriations

Business and Professions and Governmental Organization

Education
Energy, Utilities, and Communication

Health and Human Services

Insurance

Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Judiciary

Labor, Employment, and Industrial Relations
Local Government

Natural Resources

Privacy and Public Safety
Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security

Revenue and Taxation

Transportation


Aging and Long-Term Care

Report Number 2003-111 (Issued 2004-04-13)
Oversight of Long-Term Care Programs: Opportunities Exist to Streamline State Oversight Activities

Agriculture and Water Resources

Report Number 2003-136 (Issued 2004-06-03)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: Its Administrative Controls Need to Be Improved to Ensure an Appropriate Level of Checks and Balances Over Public Resources

Report Number 2002-016 (Issued 2004-06-09)
Water Replenishment District of Southern California: Although the District Has Addressed Many of Our Previous Concerns, Problems Still Exist

Report Number 2003-137 (Issued 2004-06-24)
California's Independent Water Districts: Reserve Amounts Are Not Always Sufficiently Justified, and Some Expenses and Contract Decisions Are Questionable

Appropriations

Report Number 2003-131 (Issued 2004-05-13)
Franchise Tax Board: Significant Program Changes Are Needed to Improve Collections of Delinquent Labor Claims.

Report Number 2004-140 (Issued 2004-12-22)
Department of Transportation: Various Factors Increased Its Cost Estimates for Toll Bridge Retrofits, and Its Program Management Needs Improving

Business and Professions and Governmental Organization

Report Number 2003-122 (Issued 2004-06-22)
California Gambling Control Commission: Although Its Interpretations of the Tribal-State Gaming Compacts Generally Appear Defensible, Some of Its Actions May Have Reduced the Funds Available for Distribution to Tribes

Report Number 2003-114 (Issued 2004-07-06)
Department of Mental Health: State and Federal Regulations Have Hampered Its Implementation of Legislation Meant to Strengthen the Status of Psychologists at Its Hospitals

Report Number 2003-123 (Issued 2004-07-15)
California Children and Families Commissions: Some County Commissions' Contracting Practices Are Lacking, and Both the State and County Commissions Can Improve Their Efforts to Find Funding Partners and Collect Data on Program Performance

Report Number 2004-106 (Issued 2004-08-26)
Wireless Enhanced 911: The State Has Successfully Begun Implementation, but Better Monitoring of Expenditures and Wireless 911 Wait Times Is Needed

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
California Military Department: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-1069)

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
Department of General Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0703)

Report Number 2004-108 (Issued 2004-11-09)
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: It Could Better Manage Its Credentialing Responsibilities

Report Number 2004-139 (Issued 2004-12-16)
Office of the Secretary of State: Clear and Appropriate Direction Is Lacking in Its Implementation of the Federal Help America Vote Act

Report Number 2004-115 (Issued 2005-01-20)
The State's Offshore Contracting: Uncertainty Exists About Its Prevalence and Effects

Report Number I2005-1 (Issued 2005-03-22)
Department of Finance: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-1104)

Report Number 2004-033 (Issued 2005-05-26)
Pharmaceuticals: State Departments That Purchase Prescription Drugs Can Further Refine Their Cost Savings Strategies

Report Number 2004-113 (Issued 2005-07-07)
Department of General Services: Opportunities Exist Within the Office of Fleet Administration to Reduce Costs

Report Number 2004-134 (Issued 2005-07-28)
State Athletic Commission: The Current Boxers' Pension Plan Benefits Only a Few and Is Poorly Administered

Report Number I2005-2 (Issued 2005-09-21)
California Military Department: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0710)

Education

Report Number 2003-129 (Issued 2004-06-16)
The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team: Its Recommendations, if Implemented, Should Help Financially Troubled School Districts

Report Number 2004-108 (Issued 2004-11-09)
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: It Could Better Manage Its Credentialing Responsibilities

Report Number 2004-120 (Issued 2005-06-16)
Department of Education: School Districts' Inconsistent Identification and Redesignation of English Learners Cause Funding Variances and Make Comparisons of Performance Outcomes Difficult

Report Number 2004-125 (Issued 2005-08-04)
Department of Health Services: Participation in the School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities Program Has Increased, but School Districts Are Still Losing Millions Each Year in Federal Reimbursements

Energy, Utilities, and Communication

Report Number 2003-121 (Issued 2004-05-12)
California Public Utilities Commission: It Cannot Ensure That It Spends Railroad Safety Program Fees in Accordance With State Law.

Report Number 2004-106 (Issued 2004-08-26)
Wireless Enhanced 911: The State Has Successfully Begun Implementation, but Better Monitoring of Expenditures and Wireless 911 Wait Times Is Needed

Report Number 2004-130 (Issued 2005-01-26)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: Its Transfers of Funds to the City Comply With the City Charter; However, It Needs to Improve Its Controls Over Contracts, Expenditures, and Personnel Records

Health and Human Services

Report Number 2003-117 (Issued 2004-04-06)
California Department of Corrections: It Needs to Ensure That All Medical Service Contracts It Enters Are on the State's Best Interest and All Medical Claims It Pays Are Valid.

Report Number 2003-111 (Issued 2004-04-13)
Oversight of Long-Term Care Programs: Opportunities Exist to Streamline State Oversight Activities

Report Number 2003-114 (Issued 2004-07-06)
Department of Mental Health: State and Federal Regulations Have Hampered Its Implementation of Legislation Meant to Strengthen the Status of Psychologists at Its Hospitals

Report Number 2003-125 (Issued 2004-07-27)
California Department of Corrections: More Expensive Hospital Services and Greater Use of Hospital Facilities Have Driven the Rapid Rise in Contract Payments for Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Report Number 2003-124 (Issued 2004-08-31)
Department of Health Services: Some of Its Policies and Practices Result in Higher State Costs for the Medical Therapy Program

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
Department of Health Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0853)

Report Number 2004-111 (Issued 2004-12-09)
Sex Offender Placement: Departments That Are Responsible for Placing Sex Offenders Face Challenges, and Some Need to Better Monitor Their Costs

Report Number I2005-1 (Issued 2005-03-22)
Department of Health Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-1067)

Report Number 2004-033 (Issued 2005-05-26)
Pharmaceuticals: State Departments That Purchase Prescription Drugs Can Further Refine Their Cost Savings Strategies

Report Number 2004-125 (Issued 2005-08-04)
Department of Health Services: Participation in the School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities Program Has Increased, but School Districts Are Still Losing Millions Each Year in Federal Reimbursements

Report Number 2004-133 (Issued 2005-08-11)
Emergency Preparedness: More Needs to Be Done to Improve California's Preparedness for Responding to Infectious Disease Emergencies

Report Number I2005-2 (Issued 2005-09-21)
Department of Health Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0930)

Insurance

Report Number 2003-138 (Issued 2004-06-15)
Department of Insurance: It Needs to Make Improvements in Handling Annual Assessments and Managing Market Conduct Examinations

Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy

Report Number 2003-108.2 (Issued 2004-01-27)
California's Workers' Compensation Program: Changes to the Medical Payment System Should Produce Savings Although Uncertainty About New Regulations and Data Limitations Prevent a More Comprehensive Analysis

Report Number 2002-018 (Issued 2004-04-29)
Workers' Compensation Fraud: Detection and Prevention Efforts Are Poorly Planned and Lack Accountability

Judiciary

Report Number 2005-030 (Issued 2005-04-28)
State Bar of California: It Should Continue Strengthening Its Monitoring of Disciplinary Case Processing and Assess the Financial Benefits of Its New Collection Enforcement Authority

Labor, Employment, and Industrial Relations

Report Number 2003-108.2 (Issued 2004-01-27)
California's Workers' Compensation Program: Changes to the Medical Payment System Should Produce Savings Although Uncertainty About New Regulations and Data Limitations Prevent a More Comprehensive Analysis

Report Number I2004-1 (Issued 2004-03-24)
California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0836)

Report Number 2002-018 (Issued 2004-04-29)
Workers' Compensation Fraud: Detection and Prevention Efforts Are Poorly Planned and Lack Accountability

Report Number 2003-131 (Issued 2004-05-13)
Franchise Tax Board: Significant Program Changes Are Needed to Improve Collections of Delinquent Labor Claims.

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
California Military Department: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-1069)

Local Government

Report Number 2003-101 (Issued 2004-03-18)
County Emergency Medical Services Funds: Despite Their Efforts to Properly Administer the Funds, Some Counties Have Yet to Reach Full Compliance With State Laws

Report Number 2003-136 (Issued 2004-06-03)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: Its Administrative Controls Need to Be Improved to Ensure an Appropriate Level of Checks and Balances Over Public Resources

Report Number 2002-016 (Issued 2004-06-09)
Water Replenishment District of Southern California: Although the District Has Addressed Many of Our Previous Concerns, Problems Still Exist

Report Number 2003-137 (Issued 2004-06-24)
California's Independent Water Districts: Reserve Amounts Are Not Always Sufficiently Justified, and Some Expenses and Contract Decisions Are Questionable

Report Number 2003-119 (Issued 2004-07-14)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: It Could Use Certain Recommended Management Tools to Improve Its Oversight of Legal Contracts, and Its Efforts Resulted in the Award of a Large Construction Contract Within Budget

Report Number 2003-123 (Issued 2004-07-15)
California Children and Families Commissions: Some County Commissions' Contracting Practices Are Lacking, and Both the State and County Commissions Can Improve Their Efforts to Find Funding Partners and Collect Data on Program Performance

Report Number 2004-117 (Issued 2004-12-07)
City of Richmond: Poor Spending Decisions and Weak Monitoring of Its Finances Caused Its Financial Decline and Hinder Its Ability to Recover

Report Number 2004-130 (Issued 2005-01-26)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: Its Transfers of Funds to the City Comply With the City Charter; However, It Needs to Improve Its Controls Over Contracts, Expenditures, and Personnel Records

Natural Resources

Report Number 2004-138 (Issued 2005-04-06)
Department of Parks and Recreation: It Needs to Improve Its Monitoring of Local Grants and Better Justify Its Administrative Charges

Report Number 2004-122R (Issued 2005-06-14)
Department of Fish and Game: The Preservation Fund Comprises a Greater Share of Department Spending Due to Reduction of Other Revenues

Report Number 2004-124 (Issued 2005-08-02)
Department of Parks and Recreation: Lifeguard Staffing Appears Adequate to Protect the Public, but Districts Report Equipment and Facility Needs

Report Number 2004-126 (Issued 2005-08-17)
Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program: The Lack of a Shared Vision and Questionable Use of Program Funds Limit Its Effectiveness

Privacy and Public Safety

Report Number 2003-130 (Issued 2004-03-16)
California Department of Corrections: Its Plans to Build a New Condemned-Inmate Complex at San Quentin Are Proceeding, but Its Analysis of Alternative Locations and Costs Was Incomplete

Report Number I2004-1 (Issued 2004-03-24)
Department of Corrections: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0896)

Report Number 2003-117 (Issued 2004-04-06)
California Department of Corrections: It Needs to Ensure That All Medical Service Contracts It Enters Are on the State's Best Interest and All Medical Claims It Pays Are Valid.

Report Number 2003-125 (Issued 2004-07-27)
California Department of Corrections: More Expensive Hospital Services and Greater Use of Hospital Facilities Have Driven the Rapid Rise in Contract Payments for Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Report Number 2004-106 (Issued 2004-08-26)
Wireless Enhanced 911: The State Has Successfully Begun Implementation, but Better Monitoring of Expenditures and Wireless 911 Wait Times Is Needed

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
California Military Department: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-1069)

Report Number 2004-105 (Issued 2004-10-19)
California Department of Corrections: Although Addressing Deficiencies in Its Employee Disciplinary Practices, the Department Can Improve Its Efforts

Report Number 2004-111 (Issued 2004-12-09)
Sex Offender Placement: Departments That Are Responsible for Placing Sex Offenders Face Challenges, and Some Need to Better Monitor Their Costs

Report Number 2004-101 (Issued 2004-12-20)
Prison Industry Authority: Although It Has Broad Discretion in Pursuing Its Statutory Purposes, It Could Improve Certain Pricing Practices and Develop Performance Measures

Report Number I2005-1 (Issued 2005-03-22)
California Department of Corrections: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0834)

Report Number 2004-114 (Issued 2005-06-09)
Department of Justice: The Missing Persons DNA Program Cannot Process All the Requests It Has Received Before the Fee That Is Funding It Expires, and It Also Needs to Improve Some Management Controls

Report Number 2004-133 (Issued 2005-08-11)
Emergency Preparedness: More Needs to Be Done to Improve California's Preparedness for Responding to Infectious Disease Emergencies

Report Number 2005-105 (Issued 2005-09-13)
Department of Corrections: It Needs to Better Ensure Against Conflicts of Interest and to Improve Its Inmate Population Projections

Report Number I2005-2 (Issued 2005-09-21)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0649, I2004-0681, and I2004-0789)

Report Number 2005-111 (Issued 2005-11-08)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: The Intermediate Sanction Programs Lacked Performance Benchmarks and Were Plagued With Implementation Problems

Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security

Report Number I2004-1 (Issued 2004-03-24)
California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0836)

Report Number I2004-1 (Issued 2004-03-24)
Department of Corrections: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0896)

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
Department of Health Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0853)

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
California Military Department: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2002-1069)

Report Number I2004-2 (Issued 2004-09-23)
Department of General Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-0703)

Report Number 2004-124 (Issued 2005-08-02)
Department of Parks and Recreation: Lifeguard Staffing Appears Adequate to Protect the Public, but Districts Report Equipment and Facility Needs

Report Number 2004-105 (Issued 2004-10-19)
California Department of Corrections: Although Addressing Deficiencies in Its Employee Disciplinary Practices, the Department Can Improve Its Efforts

Report Number I2005-1 (Issued 2005-03-22)
Department of Health Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2003-1067)

Report Number I2005-1 (Issued 2005-03-22)
California Department of Corrections: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0834)

Report Number I2005-1 (Issued 2005-03-22)
Department of Finance: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-1104)

Report Number 2004-123 (Issued 2005-03-29)
California Public Employees' Retirement System: It Relied Heavily on Blue Shield of California's Exclusive Provider Network Analysis, an Analysis That Is Reasonable in Approach but Includes Some Questionable Elements and Possibly Overstates Estimated Savings

Report Number 2004-033 (Issued 2005-05-26)
Pharmaceuticals: State Departments That Purchase Prescription Drugs Can Further Refine Their Cost Savings Strategies

Report Number I2005-2 (Issued 2005-09-21)
California Military Department: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0710)

Report Number I2005-2 (Issued 2005-09-21)
Department of Health Services: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0930)

Report Number I2005-2 (Issued 2005-09-21)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Employees (Allegation I2004-0649, I2004-0681, and I2004-0789)

Revenue and Taxation

Report Number 2003-131 (Issued 2004-05-13)
Franchise Tax Board: Significant Program Changes Are Needed to Improve Collections of Delinquent Labor Claims.

Transportation

Report Number 2003-119 (Issued 2004-07-14)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: It Could Use Certain Recommended Management Tools to Improve Its Oversight of Legal Contracts, and Its Efforts Resulted in the Award of a Large Construction Contract Within Budget

Report Number 2004-140 (Issued 2004-12-22)
Department of Transportation: Various Factors Increased Its Cost Estimates for Toll Bridge Retrofits, and Its Program Management Needs Improving


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