Impact

Solving Problems.
Effecting Change.

Bob Harris
MPP | Pepperdine University
B.A. Social Work | Asbury University

Work Hard. Help Others.

When Bob Harris started on our performance/policy evaluation team, he didn't realize how much he would love coming to work every day. Ten years later, he has worked on a wider range of policy issues than he ever would have imagined, from wildfire response to special education services and mental health to university admission practices. Bob believes in our work because it has just one purpose: to improve government for the people of California.

"I am where I belong and doing what I was built for: taking apart complex problems, figuring out what is broken, and making a difference by saying what should change."

Bob Harris
Principal Performance/Policy Evaluator

Positive Change Happens Because of Us.

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How Change Happens...

Reality Check for the High Speed Rail

  1. The Legislature requested and we performed an audit of the High Speed Rail Authority.
  2. We found the Authority's  flawed decision making  and poor contract management contributed to  billions in cost overruns  and delays.
  3. Multiple Legislators voiced their  concerns  about the  continued viability  of high-speed rail.
  4. The Governor  reduced the scope  of the project,  replaced the chairman,  and instituted new transparency measures.

See our report

Improved Statewide Leadership for Homelessness

  1. The Legislature requested and we performed an audit of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
  2. We found the State's Homeless Council had  no statewide strategy, no staff, and no funding. 
  3.  The Legislature provided funding  so the Council could hire staff to support local agencies and award grants.
  4. The Council has  awarded $500 million in grants  to locals to expand programs that reduce homelessness.

See our report

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Employment Development Department

Significant Weaknesses in EDD's Approach to Fraud Prevention Have Led to Billions of Dollars in Improper Benefit Payments

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