Report I2016-1 Recommendation 19 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 #19 To: State Hospitals, Department of

State Hospitals should require all designated filers—including those working in an acting capacity in a designated position—to take the statutorily mandated state ethics training online created by the Attorney General's Office, which includes information related to the Form 700 and its disclosure and filing requirements.

Agency Response From March 2016

State Hospitals notified all of its designated filers to take the required ethics training by mid-February 2016. It also informed the designated filers of the requirement to complete ethics training within six months of being hired and every two years thereafter. According to State Hospitals, all designated filers completed the required ethics training.

In addition, State Hospitals issued an administrative letter in February 2016 that echoed these requirements. In particular, the administrative letter establishes that its filing officials are responsible for reminding filers of their requirement to complete the training course. It also requires the maintenance of records for employees who attended the ethics training and requires that each employee provides a certificate of completion to the appropriate filing official.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

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