Report 2019-121 Recommendation 1 Responses
Report 2019-121: California Department of Food and Agriculture: Poor Management Threatens the Success of the Pet Lover's Specialized License Plate Program (Release Date: March 2020)
Recommendation #1 To: Food and Agriculture, Department of
In order to ensure a fair and defensible grant award process for the Pet Lover's program, Food and Agriculture should immediately adopt and begin following policies and procedures that direct its staff to verify and document that grant applicants are eligible for funding from the Pet Lover's program before forwarding the applications to the technical review panel.
6-Month Agency Response
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is in the process of developing a formal procedures manual specific for the Pet Lover's License Plate Grant Program (Pet Lover's), which will be in place before the beginning of the 2021 Pet Lover's grant solicitation period. CDFA has already substantially augmented the Pet Lover's eligibility verification within the administrative review process beginning with the 2020 Pet Lover's grant solicitation. All applicants are verified to ensure current licensing with the Veterinary Medical Board and verification of eligibility is printed and attached to the administrative review. In the case of non-profit applicants, current registration with the Secretary State is also verified and attached to the administrative review. All applicants are also verified for current reporting with the California Department of Public Health. For 2020, this review occurred concurrent to technical review. CDFA anticipates that proposed changes to the 2021 Pet Lover's timeline will ensure that eligibility verification can be completed before technical review on a going forward basis.
- Estimated Completion Date: 11/15/2020
- Response Date: September 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
60-Day Agency Response
The department indicated it will respond at the six-month mark.
- Estimated Completion Date: tbd
- Response Date: August 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.