Report 2018-119 Recommendation 6 Responses

Report 2018-119: California Department of Fish and Wildlife: It Is Not Fulfilling Its Responsibilities Under the California Environmental Quality Act (Release Date: June 2019)

Recommendation #6 To: Fish and Wildlife, Department of

To ensure that it complies with state law requiring it to use CEQA fees only for CEQA activities, the department should immediately begin tracking and monitoring CEQA revenues and expenditures separately from other program activities within the nondedicated account in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.

6-Month Agency Response

The Department has the financial structure to track these funds separately in place and begun doing so on July 1, 2019. Additionally, we are working with the Department of Finance to establish a separate fund specifically for CEQA.

  • Completion Date: July 2019
  • Response Date: December 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented

The Department has provided documentation to demonstrate that the Department of Finance has established a separate fund for CEQA. We now consider this recommendation fully implemented.


60-Day Agency Response

The Department has the financial structure to track these funds separately in place and begun doing so on July 1, 2019. Additionally, we are working with the Department of Finance to establish a separate fund specifically for CEQA.

  • Completion Date: July 2019
  • Response Date: August 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented

Although the department has put the infrastructure in place to address the recommendation, it cannot yet produce reports from its financial system demonstrating that the tracking is working. When it can do so, we will consider this recommendation fully implemented.


All Recommendations in 2018-119

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.