Report 2019-121 Recommendation 4 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 #4 To: Food and Agriculture, Department of
To correct its error in making grants to ineligible entities, by June 2020 Food and Agriculture should complete efforts to either cancel those contracts and recoup unspent funds from the two ineligible organizations or work with those organizations to ensure that they meet eligibility requirements.
6-Month Agency Response
CDFA acknowledges that two organizations were awarded Pet Lover's grants in error. CDFA recovered $5,690 in unspent funds from those organizations and the recovered funds will be reallocated to the program in future years. CDFA also notes that all funds expended by those organizations supported allowable spay/neuter activities. Additionally, those spay/neuter activities were provided by contractors that did meet the eligibility requirements for the Pet Lover's program.
- Completion Date: May 2020
- Response Date: September 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
First, Food and Agriculture only addressed one part of the recommendation in the narrative of their response. Second, Food and Agriculture did not provide support for its assertion that it recouped the unspent funds. I have requested it and will let you know once I receive it.
This response does not state that they canceled the contract. However, I suppose we can overlook that if they actually provide evidence demonstrating that they canceled those contracts.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
- Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation
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.