Report I2019-1 Recommendation 7 Responses

Report I2019-1: Investigation of Improper Activities by a State Agency and Its Employees: A Director Committed Gross Misconduct When She Repeatedly Violated Merit‑Based Employment Principles and Attempted to Retaliate Against Suspected Whistleblowers (Release Date: March 2019)

Case Number I2019-1

Recommendation #7 To: California, State of

The oversight agency should require the IT manager and the new supervisor to attend external training related to the proper supervision of staff and, in particular, of staff who work remotely.

Agency Response From November 2018

In July and August 2018, the agency reported that the IT manager and new supervisor would take CalHR's supervisory training course by October 2018. We questioned the agency's proposed action as this training already is mandated biennially by Government Code section 19995.4 and, as evidenced by our findings, did not have the desired effect on the IT manager's and new supervisor's management skills. The agency defended its decision for these individuals to attend this mandated training because neither employee had taken the mandated training in the past 18-20 years and, by taking the course again, the training would enable the two individuals to more effectively discharge their supervisorial duties. Ultimately, the agency reported to us that the IT manager completed the supervisory training as planned. The new supervisor did not attend the training because she retired. As the new supervisor is no longer employed by the State, we determined that this recommendation is resolved.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Resolved

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