Every member of the state legislature has the right to request an audit of any function of state or local government through the Joint Legislative Audit Committee(JLAC). Senator John Moorlach has been a member of JLAC since the beginning of 2019.
Audits considered by the JLAC include performance audits, which examine whether state agencies and programs are efficient and effective; carrying out specified goals and objectives; complying with laws, regulations, and policies; and, using state resources properly. These audits provide best practices by the state and supply recommendations for further improvement and oversight. If the committee approves a request for an audit, the State Auditor performs the function and reports back to the Legislature within the following year. You can find the State Auditor’s website here.
As the only trained Certified Public Accountant and a former Treasurer-Tax Collector of Orange County, Senator Moorlach has experience in performing and reviewing audits. He has also requested several audits of state functions. His audit requests are below. For those that were approved, there is a link to the final audit report..
July 2, 2020 -- Processes for Procuring Contracts for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
"Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, face shields and gloves are critical to California being able to safely and effectively reopen its businesses, schools, government offices, public places and economy. If we are going to be able to reopen the economy in a meaningful way, reopen state and local government offices to provide much needed services, and help Californians feel safe and secure as we do so, we need a plentiful suppoly of PPE for healthcare professionals and Californians alike. Unfortunately, we too often read newspaper articles questioning the state sufficiency of the State’s PPE supplies. My request for an audit is aimed at ensuring that the State is doing all it can to ensure a plentiful supply so we can protect public health and stop the spread of COVID-19."
May 8, 2020 -- Governor Newsom’'s Office of Emergency Services’ Contracts for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
"This letter is to formally request that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee authorize an audit of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services’ contract with BYD Motors, LLC/Global Healthcare Product Solutions, LLC for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as any other efforts in 2020 to procure PPE on the state’ behalf.
The BYD purchase order agreement was made available to the Legislature just days ago after nearly a month of requests. A half-billion dollar halted PPE procurement with a new company, Blue Flame, was made public this past week as well (see the attached news article: “Newsom welcomes ‘new partners’ in coronavirus supply deals: federal investigators,” CalMatters, May 6, 2020). Unfortunately, the timing of this information has meant that the Legislature has been unable to exercise its oversight role before allocating billions of dollars.
The COVID-19 pandemic required timely action to curtail the spread of the disease, and front-line workers and first responders have a clear need for PPE to continue their duties safely. As the state’s response to the pandemic continues, this procurement may be one of several undertaken within the next fiscal year.
California is facing limited fiscal resources for the near future and hard decisions will need to be made about how those resources are allocated to necessary state programs. It is important to have an independent audit of whether the Governor’s actions on this procurement were taken with reasonable precautions under extraordinary circumstances."
The full letter can be found here. The audit request was withdrawn and replaced with the PPE audit request by Assemblymember Salas from July 2, 2020.
June 3, 2019 -- Implementation of Lanterman-Petris-Short Act
"We are writing to respectfully request that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approve an audit on the implementation of the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act. The LPS Act provides guidelines for handling involuntary civil commitment of individuals living with a mental illness in the State of California. The goal of the audit will be to examine the application of the LPS laws throughout the state to determine if any updates, clarifications or improvements are needed to ensure the equal application of California’s mental health commitment procedures."
The State Auditor’s report can be found here.