The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 16, 2010
How much does Bureau of State Audits matter?

State Auditor Elaine Howle estimates that unheeded recommendations dating back to 2002 have cost the state $1.4 billion in lost opportunities and waste, according a report released this morning.

In the last two years, more than 20 percent of the recommendations made by the Bureau of State Audits have gone unheeded, the reports says. Auditors in 2008 and 2009 made 281 recommendations to departments and agencies. Of those, 132 have been completely implemented and another 88 partially implemented. The other 61, about 22 percent, haven't been implemented.

Click here to open the summary of "Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations: Audits Released in January 2008 Through December 2009." The page contains links to the introduction and content links organized by entity or by legislative oversight committee.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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