Report 2021-118 Recommendation 12 Responses
Report 2021-118: State Water Resources Control Board: It Lacks the Urgency Necessary to Ensure That Failing Water Systems Receive Needed Assistance in a Timely Manner (Release Date: July 2022)
Recommendation #12 To: Water Resources Control Board
To increase transparency in the funding process and make its online search tool more useful to water systems applying for funding, by January 2023 the State Water Board should update its online search tool for funding applications to include the cause of any prolonged delays in the process, including the need for reviews by external parties.
1-Year Agency Response
DFA staff completed the implementation of new data elements in LGTS and modifications to the mobile app status tool in April 2023. DFA staff will continue to provide timely updates to the new milestone status data elements in LGTS and will be highlighted in an upcoming LGTS training sessions. DFA staff will update data reported in the mobile app status tool on at least a monthly basis. The tool is available online here: https://public.waterboards.ca.gov/dfaAppSTAT/
- Completion Date: April 2023
- Response Date: July 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented
The State Water Board updated its online search tool to allow the project manager to track the status of the individual application packages and includes a drop down menu for status options-including, additional document requests and if the applicant is non response to additional document requests.
6-Month Agency Response
DFA staff are working with contractors to include new data fields in our Loans and Grants Tracking (LGTS) database to better track the status of each of the four application packages. These new data fields will provide additional details on what is missing or not yet complete, and where the application package is in the review process. DFA staff are also working with our Division of Information Technology to make the necessary modifications to the online Application Status Report to accept and report the new status fields, as well as additional information to help applicants and other stakeholders follow the process and understand anticipated process timelines. Due to resource limitations, staff plan to complete this work by March 2023.
- Estimated Completion Date: March 2023
- Response Date: January 2023
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
We look forward to reviewing the State Water Board's progress in implementing this recommendation.
60-Day Agency Response
Division of Financial Assistance is exploring options on how we could track some of the causes for delay. This would coincide with additional changes needed in the database. Submit request for changes September 2022.
- Estimated Completion Date: January 1, 2023
- Response Date: September 2022
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.