Report 2013-045 Recommendation 11 Responses

Report 2013-045: Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education: It Has Consistently Failed to Meet Its Responsibility to Protect the Public's Interests (Release Date: March 2014)

Recommendation #11 To: Private Postsecondary Education, Bureau for

To comply with state law and to ensure that it effectively manages
its inspections of institutions, the bureau should seek official clarification from its legal counsel and the federal government regarding whether it must conduct compliance inspections for educational institutions approved through
accreditation by July 1, 2014.

1-Year Agency Response

In the prior response, the Bureau indicated that SB 1247 may have an impact on this process, however, no action was taken that would impact the response. A copy of the letter to the United States Department of Education was included in the 60-day response. The Bureau believes the legal opinion is included in the letter that was written by the Bureau's legal counsel. As neither the Bureau nor the Department of Consumer Affairs received a response prior to the period of time being questioned (July 1, 2014) and it is beyond the July 1, 2014 date that this recommendation was focused on, further action is moot.

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

6-Month Agency Response

Senate Bill 1247, if signed into law, would make changes in exemption criteria for certain institutions. If necessary, the bureau will seek clarification from the Department of Education once the bill becomes law. (See Attachment #12,p3)

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: No Action Taken

60-Day Agency Response

This letter was mailed April 28, 2014. This was the responsibility of the Bureau Chief.

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

The bureau did not provide evidence of the U.S. Department of Education's response. Further, the bureau did not provide evidence that it sought clarification from its legal counsel.

All Recommendations in 2013-045

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.