Report I2020-1 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report I2020-1: Investigation of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Waste of State Funds, Misuse of Bereavement Leave, Misuse of State Resources, Dishonesty, and Supervisory Neglect of Duty (Release Date: April 2020)

Case Number I2017-1372

Recommendation #3 To: Fish and Wildlife, Department of

Fish and Wildlife should retain a professional with appropriate expertise for future procurements of a highly technical nature to develop specifications and engineered drawings and to inspect the equipment for satisfaction of contractual specifications before accepting delivery.

Agency Response From December 2020

Fish and Wildlife reported that in September and December 2020 it gave presentations on its mobile fleet asset purchase estimate process. The presentations included information on the use of technical experts in the design and approval of specifications and instructions on how to participate in inspections prior to delivery of such assets.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

Agency Response From October 2020

Fish and Wildlife provided no new information.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

Agency Response From June 2020

Fish and Wildlife stated because of its delegated purchasing authority, it must work with General Services when making purchases of this expense and technical nature. Thus, Fish and Wildlife stated that it would send a memo to its contract managers and procurement representatives that when procuring equipment that is highly technical in nature, they should work closely with the General Services engineer to identify the appropriate technical expertise during the development of the designs and technical drawings and should ensure that General Services is satisfied that the technical specifications for the equipment will ensure it meets the needs of Fish and Wildlife's use of the equipment.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

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