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California's Controls Over Summer Food Service Program

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Food and Nutrition Service
We reviewed the California State agency’s controls for operating under the Summer Food Service Program requirements and sponsor and site compliance with those requirements. We have reported our separate findings in an interim report dated September 2017 and this final report.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Direct the State agency to develop and implement procedures to assess the adequacy of SFSP applicants’ financial management capabilities to separately track SFSP funds and support SFSP costs during the application process, and ensure sponsors demonstrate financial and management capabilities for program operations.

Direct the State agency to develop the financial management standards as required by SFSP regulations and specified in FNS Instruction 796-4.

Direct the State agency to communicate its financial management standards (developed in Recommendation 2) and the current Federal financial management requirements to SFSP sponsors in its State sponsor agreements.

Confirm the State agency developed and implemented procedures to include the use of the State agency’s sponsor administrative review results as part of the application assessment.

Direct the State agency to develop and implement procedures to ensure its staff verify key SFSP sponsor-provided application information (such as site classifications) that affects SFSP reimbursements and site eligibility.