News Release

Contact: Yating Campbell
For Immediate Release

Fiona Ma Issues Statement on State Personnel Board Audit Findings

Sacramento – California State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, CPA issued the following statement today in response to the special investigation report issued by the State Personnel Board:

"I am pleased that my request for an audit of the Board of Equalization's (BOE) personnel practices has concluded with the investigative report being publicly issued by the State Personnel Board.

This investigation demonstrates the mismanagement, flagrant nepotism, and abuse of authority I discovered upon my election and have spent my tenure on the Board trying to uproot.

The State Personnel Board's permanent revocation of the BOE's hiring authority and the termination of civil service appointments resulting from abuse of authority are positive steps toward restoring the public trust in the BOE.

Since the Legislature moved the administrative functions and employees reviewed in this audit from the BOE to the newly created California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) on July 1, I strongly urge that both agencies implement the recommendations laid out in this report.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to change the culture of both agencies to be organizations that the taxpayers deserve."

Board Member Fiona Ma, CPA, was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014, to represent the Second Equalization District. She represents 9.5 million residents in many of California's coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Ma served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012, serving as the first Asian woman Assembly Speaker pro Tempore since 1850. While in the Assembly, Ms. Ma focused on improving California, authoring legislation to create jobs and grow the state's economy. As an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of State Legislators, she worked to keep California's economy competitive with other states. Ms. Ma has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California since 1992. For more information, visit Board Member Ma's website.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.

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