Report 2021-118 Recommendation 14 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 #14 To: Water Resources Control Board
To ensure that it has sufficient staff to process funding applications in a timely manner, by July 2023 the State Water Board should evaluate its progress in meeting its performance goals and assess whether its current staffing levels are sufficient. If the State Water Board finds that it needs additional staff to meet its goals or to prevent a backlog of applications, it should request additional funding from the Legislature to meet its staffing needs.
60-Day Agency Response
The staffing resources of the State Water Board are determined by State Legislature and the Governor's Office. In 2022 State Budget Act, the Division of Financial Assistance received 25 new positions to help administer an increase in Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund financing provided under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. These positions are in addition to new positions provided in the 2021 Budget Act to help administer approximately $1.3B in drinking water and clean water project funding.
- Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2023
- Response Date: September 2022
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.