Report I2023-1 Recommendation 20 Responses

Report I2023-1: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Wasteful Decisions, Poor Contract Oversight, Overpayments, Misuse of State Resources, and Attendance Abuse (Release Date: May 2023)

Case Number I2021-0603

Recommendation #20 To: Parks and Recreation, Department of

Review the associated documentation for all employees in the supervisor's district who have housing benefits that are excluded from their incomes to determine whether the unreported housing benefits comply with state policy, and subsequently take actions, including working with CalHR and the State Controller's Office if necessary, to correct any deficiencies it identifies in its review.

Agency Response From August 2023

State Parks reported that as a part of reviewing the housing documentation in the supervisor's district, it completed a site visit, had discussions with staff, and reviewed paper and digital files. State Parks identified errors, including errors with duty statements, residence category justifications, and missing procedural steps. State Parks reported that all of these errors have been corrected, that district staff have been trained, and that staff at headquarters will provide ongoing oversight of the district.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

Agency Response From July 2023

State Parks reported that it has nearly completed its review of housing paperwork for employees in the supervisor's district. State Parks expects the results of the review to be provided to executive management in early August 2023.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

Agency Response From May 2023

State Parks reported that it continues updating its state-owned housing policy and that management continues to work with district administrative staff to review all district housing agreements.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

All Recommendations in I2023-1