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Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Parks Department Audit

The new Director of California State Parks said he's committed to transparency and will follow the recommendations of audits of the department.

Major General Anthony Jackson spoke during an oversight hearing before a joint legislative audit committee. Lawmakers called for an audit after a hidden surplus of tens of millions of dollars was discovered at the Parks Department.

Jackson - who has been at the job for three months - said it's clear the department acted improperly.

"We're working with Cal HR to restructure our department to reduce what is commonly termed here in Sacramento as silos, and to increase the kind of control that the executives in the department should have," Jackson said.

His agency is working with the Finance Department to review budgets twice a year.

A state audit revealed that the department fails to track operating costs at each park. Jackson said that he's working to make sure every "nickel and dime" is tracked.

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