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Caltrans Takes Immediate, Decisive Actions in Response to Auditor's Report

Date: August 25, 2016
District: Headquarters
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO—In response to an investigative report released today by the California State Auditor, Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty has issued the following statement:

"The information brought to light by the State Auditor does not reflect the mission, vision and goals of the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and as a department I have taken immediate and decisive corrective actions to improve our performance."

"First, the Department has commenced performance reviews of those individuals who acted counter to Caltrans' procedures; second, Caltrans has assigned a new agent full-time to quickly correct deficiencies identified in the audit; third, recognizing that mobile home park management is not our core function, Caltrans has taken immediate steps to sell the property. Caltrans intends to bring the issue before the California Transportation Commission (CTC) in October to gain approval for the sale. Caltrans is committed to organizational excellence, which means focusing on doing our core functions well. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure this gets fixed now.

"The information brought to light by the State Auditor does not reflect the mission, vision and goals of the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and as a department I have taken immediate and decisive corrective actions to improve our performance."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

Due to this investigation, Caltrans is reemphasizing to all staff statewide appropriate roles and responsibilities regarding the Department's practices for managing mobile home parks. Specifically, in the affected district, legal staff has provided guidance concerning mobile home residency law, and Caltrans will provide corresponding training to district staff. We will also distribute a statewide memo to update practices regarding delinquent real property accounts and identify performance and accountability measures designed to improve property management. Caltrans also recently began a comprehensive analysis of inventory, rent collection, property inspections and rent determinations to better identify areas in need of improvement in the management of its real property statewide, and identify properties that are excess to its needs. Finally, the Department will update its Right-of-Way Manual by the end of this calendar year."

Here is a link to a summary of today's report: http://auditor.ca.gov/reports/summary/I2016-2

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