CALCASA recently underwent an audit by the California Inspector General’s (IG) Office for first-time funds received through the American Recovery Act for the period of Oct. 1, 2009 – Dec. 31, 2010.
The information contained in the auditor’s report revealed delays for completing grant objectives and fiscal miscodings. CALCASA subsequently met with the funder, corrected the coding errors and submitted the appropriate grant award modifications to reflect these changes. As required by the funding source, CALCASA is set to accomplish all of the grant objectives before the end of the grant-period.
In the spirit of transparency and in order to quell potential concerns or misinformation that may arise from the release of this report, CALCASA is issuing this statement to its members and stakeholders:
- CALCASA’s primary responsibility remains to its funders, rape crisis centers, other members and, by extension, to sexual assault survivors.
- CALCASA will complete the work agreed to in the grant-award agreement by the end of the grant period and ensure that all grant funds are appropriately spent.
- CALCASA has begun a process to strengthen its programs, financial procedures, internal systems and implementing changes.
CALCASA has a long-standing history of successfully managing grants and receiving clean audits. While any findings regarding CALCASA’s program effectiveness merit attention, these report findings are considered an anomaly in its organizational history. While it is unfortunate that this situation occurred, CALCASA looks forward to weathering these challenges that will, in the end, render the organization stronger.
CALCASA also appreciates your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, at Sandra@calcasa.org.