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The California State Auditor’s Updated Assessment of High‑Risk Issues the State and Select State Agencies Face

The California State Auditor’s Updated Assessment of High‑Risk Issues the State and Select State Agencies Face

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Bureau of State Audits
High Risk 
The California State Auditors Updated Assessment of High‑RiskIssues the State and Select State Agencies Face
August 2011 Report 2011‑601
Te rst ve copies of each California State Auditor report are free. Additional copies are $3 each, payable bycheck or money order. You can obtain reports by contacting the Bureau of State Audits at the following address:
California State AuditorBureau of State Audits555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300Sacramento, California 95814916.445.0255 or TTY 916.445.0033
ORTis report is also available on the World Wide Web http://www.bsa.ca.govTe California State Auditor is pleased to announce the availability of an on‑line subscription service. Forinformation on how to subscribe, please contact the Information echnology Unit at 916.445.0255, ext. 456,or visit our Web site at www.bsa.ca.gov.Alternate format reports available upon request.Permission is granted to reproduce reports.For questions regarding the contents of this report,please contact Margarita Fernández, Chief of Public Aairs, at 916.445.0255.
Bureau of State Audits
Doug CordinerChief DeputyElaine M. HowleState Auditor
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300 Sacramento, CA 95814916.445.0255 916.327.0019 faxwww.bsa.ca.gov
August 18, 2011 2011-601e Governor of CaliforniaPresident pro Tempore of the SenateSpeaker of the Assembly State CapitolSacramento, California 95814Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders:As authorized by Chapter 251, Statutes of 2004, the California State Auditor presents this auditreport assessing high-risk issues the State and selected state agencies face. Systematically identifying and addressing high-risk issues can contribute to enhanced eciency andeectiveness by focusing the State’s resources on improving the delivery of services related toimportant programs or functions.We have added the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) Dened BenetProgram to the high-risk list. Contribution rates for teachers and administrators, whichcan only be changed through legislation, have not changed in decades and are currently notsucient to ensure the payment of all promised future benets. Currently the Dened BenetProgram is funded at 71 percent, well below the 80 percent considered necessary for a soundpension plan. Unless the State takes steps, such as raising the contribution rates of CalSTRSmembers and their employers, it may be responsible for providing the necessary funding usingtaxpayer money.We believe that the State continues to face eight other signicant high-risk issues: addressingthe budget decit, funding retiree health benets, ensuring timely expenditure of theAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds, upgrading and expanding theState’s infrastructure, ensuring a stable supply of electricity, eectively managing the State’sworkforce, strengthening emergency preparedness, and providing eective oversight of theState’s information technology projects. We further believe that three state agencies continueto meet our criteria for high risk as they face challenges in their day-to-day operations: theCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Department of HealthCare Services, and the Department of Public Health.We will continue to monitor the risks we have identied in this report and the actions theState takes to address them. When the State’s actions result in signicant progress towardresolving or mitigating these risks, we will remove the high-risk designation based on ourprofessional judgment.Respectfully submitted,ELAINE M. HOWLE, CPAState Auditor

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