ERIC Number: ED435417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
California Community Colleges: The Chancellor's Office Inadequately Controlled Its Economic Development Program and, along with the Department of Education, Circumvented State Contracting Procedures.
California State Office of the Auditor General, Sacramento.
This January 1996 audit report reviews the management of the Economic Development Program by the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges and reviews the funding procedures of the Chancellor's Office and the Department of Education relating to the State Plan for Vocational Education. The state auditor found that the Chancellor's Office did not comply with procedures for awarding grants and did not adequately oversee the colleges' compliance with grant requirements. In 1992-93, there was no evidence of a competitive basis to award 33 of 55 grants reviewed, despite procedures calling for competitive awards. The Office did not ensure that community colleges submitted required financial reports, and the colleges did not always spend funds in accordance with grant requirements. Additionally, the Chancellor's Office and the Department of Education circumvented state controls by using fiscal agents to obtain contractor services and submitted erroneous and misleading information to the Department of General services as support for contract approval requests. This audit recommends that the Chancellor's Office comply with the policy of competitive grant processes, monitor and review grant expenditures at the colleges, discontinue use of fiscal agents, and ensure contracts have been approved and amounts paid to contractors is appropriate. The audit also recommends that the Chancellor's Office reimburse the state for the amount of unnecessary costs incurred as a result of inadequate management. (RDG)
Descriptors: Administrator Evaluation, Audits (Verification), Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Government School Relationship, Grants, Program Administration, Quality Control, State Programs, Two Year Colleges
California State Auditor, Bureau of State Audits, 660 J Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814 ($5). Tel: 916-445-0255.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Office of the Auditor General, Sacramento.