Report I2020-2 Recommendation 23 Responses

Report I2020-2: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Wasteful and Improper Personnel Decisions, Improper Contracting, Conflict of Interest, Misuse of State Resources, and Dishonesty (Release Date: October 2020)

Case Number I2018-1979

Recommendation #23 To: Transportation, Department of

Within 120 days, Caltrans should determine whether other individuals within the employees' division regularly drive state vehicles home. If so, it should determine whether they have a legally permissible reason for doing so, ensure that they meet the qualifications for and have received storage permits, and investigate vehicle misuse as necessary.

Agency Response From December 2020

Caltrans reported that it initiated an independent quality assurance process and reviewed storage permits for the division to ensure that employees were meeting eligibility requirements. It stated that the review determined that the permits issued were valid. It reported that it later reviewed GPS and other vehicle reports to identify any irregularities regarding use of state vehicles. The process involves a staff member providing monthly reports to executive management and researching potential misuse to determine if corrective action is needed. Caltrans provided an example of one of the monthly reports, which included findings regarding vehicles stored at non-state facilities without storage permits or identified drivers. These findings were flagged for additional research.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

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