Report I2020-1 Recommendation 7 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 #7 To: Fish and Wildlife, Department of

Fish and Wildlife should ensure that its legal staff assesses Fish and Wildlife's ability to recover the money paid to the contractor for any contract requirements that remain unfulfilled.

Agency Response From June 2020

Fish and Wildlife reported that it sent a letter to the contractor reserving its right to pursue legal remedies to make the research boat fully operational. However, Fish and Wildlife stated that after its legal counsel reviewed the contract, legal counsel indicated that Fish and Wildlife would have limited likelihood of success in pursuing a legal remedy. In addition, Fish and Wildlife stated it continues to negotiate with the contractor to address defects to bring the research boat into compliance with the expected standard of performance. Finally, Fish and Wildlife stated that it recently made modifications to the research boat and will request reimbursement from the contractor for the cost of these modifications.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

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