California Department of Education
Report to the Legislature, the Department of Finance,
and the Legislative Analyst’s Office:
Assessment of Staffing Needs for Child Nutrition Compliance and
Cafeteria Fund Reviews
This report is submitted in accordance with Assembly Bill 110, Budget Act of 2013, which requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to report to the chairpersons and vice chairpersons of the budget committees of both houses of the Legislature, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office by October 1, 2013, on the CDE’s assessment of staffing needs for child nutrition compliance activities and the outcome of its planned review of cafeteria funds for 30 school districts.
On February 6, 2013, the California State Office of Oversight and Outcomes issued a report to the California Senate Rules Committee titled Food Fight: Small team of state examiners no match for schools that divert student meal funds. The Food Fight report recommended that the CDE conduct an assessment of its food services workload and staffing needs and request sufficient federal funding to hire enough personnel to carry out the state’s oversight responsibilities (amongst other recommendations).
In April 2013, the CDE issued a written response to the Food Fight report that communicated our intent to conduct on‑site cafeteria fund reviews of approximately 30 school districts by June 30, 2013, to identify possible unallowable activities and determine the breadth of cafeteria fund misuse. Additionally, the CDE agreed with the recommendation to conduct a workload and staffing needs assessment.
The CDE is pleased to report that we have completed: 1) the assessment of our workload resource needs and prepared a Budget Change Proposal, and 2) on‑site reviews and summation reports for 31 districts. While the CDE identified no financial management findings in 13 of the 31 reviews (42 percent), staff disclosed compliance findings in reviews for 18 districts (58 percent). Further details of the workload assessment and the outcome of the reviews are contained in the report.
If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Sandip Kaur, Director, Nutrition Services Division, by phone at 916‑323-7311 or by e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need a copy of this report, please contact Robin Kraus, Executive Secretary, Nutrition Services Division, by phone at 916‑322‑7586 or by e‑mail at email@example.com.