Report 2019-121 Recommendation 2 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 #2 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 have multiple reviewers score each application that progresses to a technical review.
6-Month Agency Response
As above, CDFA is developing a formal procedure manual for Pet Lover's. However, for the 2020 Pet Lover's solicitation each proposal was reviewed by multiple volunteer technical reviewers. Understanding that compliance with this recommendation relies on volunteers committing time to participate, a process which involves multiple reviewers for each proposal is anticipated to continue in future years.
- 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.