LAO 2002-03 Budget Analysis: General Government Issue-by-Issue TOC Analysis of the 2002-03 Budget Bill
General Government Issue-By-Issue Contents


Spending by Major Program

Local Government Subventions

Tax Relief

Tax Collection Programs

Regulatory Activities

Energy Activities

State Administrative Functions

State Retirement Programs

Employee Compensation

Crosscutting Issues

State Retirement Contributions

Retirement Proposals Have Costly Price Tag

Proposals to Defer State Retirement Contributions

Proposals Are Costly; Costs Stretch Far Into Future

Software Enterprise License Agreements


Enterprise License Agreements

Options for Developing a Successful ELA

Contract Provisions in a Successful ELA

Legislative Oversight Needed

Clean Energy Green Team


Eliminate Green Team Funding One Year Early

Departmental Issues

Department of Information Technology (0505)

Reauthorization of DOIT


Assessment of DOIT's Performance

Planning and Policy Development

Project Reviews and Oversight


Miscellaneous IT Activities

Reauthorize DOIT and Correct Problems

Office of the Inspector General For Veterans Affairs (0553)

Office Workload and Staffing Issues

Internal Control Reviews Not A Clear Priority

Department of Insurance (0845)

Shift Funding for Tax Collection and Audit Program

Augmentation for Tax Collection and Audit Program Not Necessary

Additional Funding Authority Should Await Progress on Staffing

Board of Equalization (0860)

Audit Activities Deserve Annual Assessment

Keep an Eye on Investigations

State Treasurer (0950)

Added Positions For Tobacco Securitization Not Justified

Franchise Tax Board (1730)

Audit Proposal Needs Careful Review

Settlement Activities Could Benefit From Temporary Boost

Concerns With Proposed Collection Augmentation

Customer Service Program Should Be Adjusted

E-Filing Requirement Should Be Expanded

Household and Dependent Care Expense Credit

State Personnel Board (1880)

Peace Officer Procedural Bill of Rights (POBOR) Mandate


Mandate Costs Much Higher than Anticipated

Wide Variation in Local Government Claims

LAO Recommendation: Prior-Year Costs Need Review

LAO Recommendation: Place POBOR Mandate On "Pause" in Budget Year

Public Employees' Retirement System (1900)

Proposed Patient Data Project Needs Additional Oversight Controls


Project Expected to Improve Patient Care, Limit Premium Increases

Project Has Insufficient Risk Management and Contract Oversight

Department of Corporations (2180)

Staff for Investment and Lending Fraud Pilot Are Premature

Housing and Community Development (2240)

Funding Reductions in Many Housing Programs

No New Funds, Reduced Existing Funds

Budget Removes Restrictions on Existing Dollars

More Child Care Facility Funds Available for Transfer

Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (3360)

ERPA Fund Condition

Budget Underestimates ERPA Revenues

Energy Facility Licensing Program


Proposed Funding

Siting Workload Changes Frequently

Updated Projections Needed on Siting Workload

Funding of Siting Program Should be Changed

Department of Water Resources, California Energy Resources Scheduling (3860)


Governor's Proposed Spending

Possible Duplicative Federal Representation

State Needs to Move Away from Contracting

Health and Human Services Agency Data Center (4130)

Increased Expenditure Authority Not Justified

Budget Internally Inconsistent

Rate Study Needed

Increased Expenditure Not Justified for IHSS/CMIPS Project

Additional Funding for SFIS Not Justified

Undefined Oversight on Statewide Automated Welfare System

Department of Industrial Relations (8350)

Effectiveness of Enforcement Inspection Programs


How Does DIR Assess Effectiveness of Inspection Programs?

DOSH Program Needs Overall Program Goals And Improved Reporting

DLSE Effectiveness Limited by Lack of Case Tracking System

Case Management System Proposal Under Review

DLSE Should Include Information From Data System In Annual Report

Enforcement Workload

Supplemental Report on Current-Year Augmentation For DLSE Enforcement

Public Utilities Commission (8660)

Universal Service Telephone Programs


Reporting Requirements Needed for Public Payphone Programs

California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority (8665)


Repayment Plan Needed for General Fund Loan

California Department of Food and Agriculture (8750)

Industry Should Contribute to Medfly Control

Additional Funding for Multistate Coalition Not Warranted

Use Surplus Funds for Pierce's Disease Program

Electricity Oversight Board (8770)

EOB's Original Role Has Been Modified

Current Activities

Funds to Monitor Energy Transmission and Generation Outages

Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans' Homes of California (8955-8966)

Failure To Receive Reimbursements Causing Shortfalls

What Are Reimbursements and Why Are They Important?

Homes Not Collecting All Reimbursements

Effect of Reimbursement Deficiencies

Cash Flow Issues

Supplemental Report Requirements

LAO Findings

Analyst's Recommendations

Collections at Yountville Depend on Contract Outcomes

Supplemental Report Requirements

Contract to Improve Reimbursements

Privatizing Collections

Analyst's Recommendations

Options for Privatization at Veterans' Homes

Supplemental Report Requirements

Continuum of Options for Privatizing

Pros and Cons of Privatizing

Analyst's Recommendations

Barstow and Chula Vista Bed Activations

Analyst's Recommendations

Tax Relief (9100)

No Information on Manufacturing Property Tax Rebate

Health and Dental Benefits For Annuitants (9650)

Budget-Year Costs Not Completely Determined Yet

Augmentation for Employee Compensation (9800)

Employee Pay and Benefit Increases

Control Section 3.60

State Contribution Rates to PERS Undetermined