Report I2016-1 Recommendation 18 Responses

Report I2016-1: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Misuse of State Resources, Forgery, False Time Reporting, Financial Interests Disclosure Violations, and Waste of State Funds (Release Date: February 2016)

Case Number I2014-0430

Recommendation #18 To: State Hospitals, Department of

State Hospitals should conduct a review of the facility's 2014 Form 700s by April 2016 to ensure that all designated filers submitted a Form 700.

Agency Response From May 2016

In March 2016, we reported that we requested clarification from State Hospitals regarding the assuming office Form 700 disclosures it initially had found missing during its audit. In April and May 2016, State Hospitals provided us with copies of the Form 700s submitted by seven employees who initially had failed to submit an assuming office form. We reviewed these forms and determined that the Form 700s submitted by these employees covered the required assuming office disclosures.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

Agency Response From March 2016

In January 2016, the facility completed its audit of 2014 designated filers and found that 13 additional employees failed to submit a total of 19 Form 700s. It reported that all forms were subsequently collected. However, our review of the facility's audit raised questions related to the collection of Form 700s when a designated filer assumes office. Specifically, we are unclear if the facility properly instructed its designated filers to report the financial interests they received for the 12 months before they assumed the relevant position. We have requested clarification from State Hospitals.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

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