As Vice Chair of the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee, Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) is leading the efforts to call for more accountability of the mismanaged Employment Development Department (EDD).
In a letter to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, signed by members of the Republican Caucus, Senator Ochoa Bogh is requesting that the committee schedule an oversight hearing on EDD before Veterans Day. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure that recommendations from the State Auditor and some recently-passed bipartisan legislation crafted based on those recommendations are being implemented by the EDD. Glaring failures at EDD date back to 2013 and the Senate Republican Caucus has been tracking those problems here.
Senator Ochoa Bogh released the following statement:
“I am heartbroken as I hear from constituents on a daily basis who have found themselves in desperate need of help from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) through no fault of their own. My Republican colleagues and I know that the legislature has the responsibility to hold state agencies accountable, and the EDD is no exception.
“In order to do so, we must hold a hearing to assess the progress the department has made toward implementing the specific recommendations made by the State Auditorfor improving the functions of EDD. Our constituents deserve to know if these are being implemented and what steps have been taken to ensure the department is functioning efficiently.”