Report 2019-121 Recommendation 3 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 #3 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 select the highest-ranked applications to receive grant awards, and document the reasons for these selections.
6-Month Agency Response
As above, CDFA is developing a formal procedure manual for Pet Lover's. During the 2019 Pet Lover's program, one highly scored proposal was not funded, an error which CDFA rectified prior to the conclusion of the audit report. In 2020 the highest scored proposals were selected for funding based on the average score of multiple reviewers. Multiple layers of internal review were integrated into the process to prevent any potential oversights or errors. This process will 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.