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SB-1063 California State Auditor: audit of the Legislature.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1063


Introduced by Senator Mendoza

February 12, 2018


An act to amend Section 8546.1 of the Government Code, relating to the California State Auditor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1063, as introduced, Mendoza. California State Auditor: audit of the Legislature.
Existing law creates in state government the California State Auditor’s Office under the direction of the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, and requires that office to, among other things, conduct any audit of a state or local governmental agency or any other publicly created entity that is requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to the extent that funding is available. Existing law requires the California State Auditor to conduct any audit in a timely manner and in accordance with the “Government Auditing Standards” published by the Comptroller General of the United States.
This bill would require the California State Auditor to conduct any audit of the Legislature that is requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to the extent that funding is available for that audit. The bill would require the California State Auditor, when conducting an audit of that nature, to implement any safeguards that he or she concludes are necessary to ensure that the audit is conducted in a manner that does not constitute an unacceptable threat to the independence of the California State Auditor within the meaning of generally accepted government auditing standards.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 8546.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8546.1.
 (a) The California State Auditor shall conduct financial and performance audits as directed by statute. The California State Auditor may conduct these audits of any state agency as defined by Section 11000, whether created by the California Constitution or otherwise, any local governmental agency, including any city, county, and school or special district, or any publicly created entity. However, the California State Auditor shall not audit the activities of the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy or the Legislature to ensure compliance with government auditing standards.
(b) The California State Auditor shall conduct any audit of a state or local governmental agency or any other publicly created entity that is requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to the extent that funding is available and pursuant to the priority established by the committee with respect to other audits requested by the committee. Members of the Legislature may submit requests for audits to the committee for its consideration and approval. Any audit request approved by the committee shall be forwarded to the California State Auditor as a committee request.
(c) The California State Auditor shall conduct any audit of the Legislature, or any committee or administrative office thereof, that is requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee pursuant to the process described in subdivision (b), to the extent that funding is available and pursuant to the priority established by the committee with respect to other audits requested by the committee. The California State Auditor shall implement any safeguards that he or she concludes are necessary to ensure that an audit requested under this subdivision is conducted in a manner that does not constitute an unacceptable threat to the independence of the California State Auditor within the meaning of generally accepted government auditing standards, including contracting with another audit organization to conduct the audit.

(c)

(d) The California State Auditor shall complete any audit in a timely manner and pursuant to the “Government Auditing Standards” published by the Comptroller General of the United States.

(d)

(e) The California State Auditor, after performing an audit pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b), (a), (b), or (c), may conduct additional followup audit work that is related to any findings and recommendations related to those audits.

(e)

(f) Immediately upon completion of the audit, the California State Auditor shall transmit a copy of the audit report to the commission. Not later than 24 hours after delivery to the commission, the California State Auditor shall deliver the report to the Legislature, appropriate committees or subcommittees of the Legislature, and the Governor. Once transmitted to these parties, the report shall be made available to the public.