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(a) The board shall engage the services of an independent national or regional public accounting firm with at least five years of experience in governmental auditing for an audit of its financial statement for each fiscal year. The financial statement shall be promptly certified under oath by the chief financial officer of the State Bar, and a copy of the audit and financial statement shall be submitted within 120 days of the close of the fiscal year to the board, to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and to the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary.
The audit also shall examine the receipts and expenditures of the State Bar to ensure that the funds collected on behalf of the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations as the independent successor entity to the former Conference of Delegates of the State Bar are conveyed to that entity, that the State Bar has been paid or reimbursed for the full cost of any administrative and support services provided to the successor entity, including the collection of fees or donations on its behalf, and that no mandatory fees are being used to fund the activities of the successor entity.
In selecting the accounting firm, the board shall consider the value of continuity, along with the risk that continued long-term engagements of an accounting firm may affect the independence of that firm.
(b) The board shall contract with the California State Auditor's Office to conduct a performance audit of the State Bar's operations from July 1, 2000, to December 31, 2000, inclusive. A copy of the performance audit shall be submitted by May 1, 2001, to the board, to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and to the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary.
Every two years thereafter, the board shall contract with the California State Auditor's Office to conduct a performance audit of the State Bar's operations for the respective fiscal year, commencing with January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2002, inclusive. A copy of the performance audit shall be submitted within 120 days of the close of the fiscal year for which the audit was performed to the board, to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and to the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary.
For the purposes of this subdivision, the California State Auditor's Office may contract with a third party to conduct the performance audit. This subdivision is not intended to reduce the number of audits the California State Auditor's Office may otherwise be able to conduct.
(c)(1) For the 2019 audit required pursuant to subdivision (b), the California State Auditor's Office shall conduct a performance audit of the State Bar as set forth in this subdivision. The State Bar shall provide technical assistance, data, or information as requested by the California State Auditor. It is the intent of the Legislature that this audit can be reviewed in conjunction with the legislation that authorizes the State Bar's licensing fee in 2020.
(2) The audit shall evaluate each program or division of the State Bar receiving support from the annual State Bar licensing fees and other fees required of active and inactive licensees.
(3) The audit shall, at minimum, include the following for each program or division:
(A) An assessment of how much fee revenue, staff, and resources are currently budgeted and subsequently expended to perform existing tasks and responsibilities.
(B) An assessment of whether the State Bar has appropriate program performance measures in place and how these measures are used for budgeting purposes.
(C) An assessment of the usage of real property owned by the State Bar.
(D) A review of the State Bar's cost allocation plan used to allocate administrative costs.
(E) A review of any proposals for additional funding or resources requested by the State Bar to determine whether these proposals are necessary to meet the State Bar's public protection function, as well as the accuracy of identified associated funding needs, after reviewing how existing resources are used.
(F) A calculation of how much fee revenue would be needed from each State Bar active and inactive licensee to fully offset State Bar costs to perform existing tasks and responsibilities and to support additional proposed expenditures determined to be necessary to meet the State Bar's public protection function. This calculation shall take into account any proposed business process reengineering, reallocations, or efficiencies identified by the California State Auditor.
(4) The 2019 audit shall be submitted by May 1, 2019, to the board of trustees, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and to the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary.
(5) The State Bar shall use existing resources to reimburse the California State Auditor's Office for the costs of conducting the 2019 audit.
(d) For each program or division assessed by the California State Auditor in accordance with paragraph (2) of subdivision (c), the Legislative Analyst's Office shall assess whether the State Bar effectively utilizes licensing fee revenues to maximize efficiencies. The State Bar shall provide technical assistance, data, or information as requested by the Legislative Analyst's Office. The Legislative Analyst's Office shall submit this report to the Legislature and to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by July 1, 2019.
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