Report I2019-3 Recommendation 21 Responses

Report I2019-3: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Wasteful and Improper Travel Payments, Improper Promotion and Hiring Practices, and Misuse of State Resources (Release Date: May 2019)

Case Number I2017-0489

Recommendation #21 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

Within 30 days, CDCR should review mileage logs for the supervisors and managers in the program, including the five others discussed in this report, to identify state vehicle misuse and initiate legally permissible cost-recovery efforts.

Agency Response From January 2020

CDCR informed us that it considered legally permissible cost recovery efforts and elected to not recover the costs associated with the supervisors' and managers' misuse of state vehicles due to the statute of limitations expiring and the resources it would have to invest to investigate the misuse itself. Because CDCR did not initiate its own investigation within the timelines provided in state law once it received our report, it is now precluded from recovering costs from the supervisors and managers attributable to misuse of state vehicles.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Resolved

Agency Response From November 2019

CDCR told us that it reviewed the mileage logs for the managers described in the report and found similar vehicle misuse over the three-year period. However, it told us that it elected not to pursue recovery efforts for the costs associated with the misuse of state vehicles because the managers received improper direction from their superiors regarding vehicle usage. It stated that CDCR senior management discussed the matter with its Office of Legal Affairs and determined that it would have a difficult time recovering the funds through an accounts receivable process.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

Agency Response From August 2019

CDCR is still determining what action it will take to recover the costs associated with the misuse.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

Agency Response From May 2019

CDCR will review the information provided to field managers regarding home storage of assigned state vehicles and provide a recommendation.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

All Recommendations in I2019-3