Merry Christmas to the AOC – From State Auditor Elaine Howle

Judicial Council Watcher

Released just before Christmas is a new audit report on the AOC’s compliance with judicial branch contracting law that can be found here. The summary of conclusions follows along with some notes from the JCW team.

Judicial Branch Procurement:

Semiannual Reports to the Legislature Are of Limited Usefulness, Information Systems Have Weak Controls, and Certain Improvements in Procurement Practices Are Needed


Our review of implementation of the California Judicial Branch Contract Law highlighted the following:

  • Pervasive deficiencies in selected information system controls.
    • These weaknesses could compromise the security and availability of the systems.
    • The data in these systems that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and superior courts use for their day-to-day operations could lead to an incorrect or improper conclusion.
    • From JCW: The deficiencies in information system controls are so bad and the systems are so compromised that a separate, sealed report was issued to the AOC…

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