House OKs performance audits of state agencies

March 24, 2011 

The Alaska House has passed legislation calling for performance reviews of state agencies.

The bill, which passed 36-1, is aimed at revamping the budgeting process and reinstituting a review process that ended in the early 1980s.

The measure calls for auditing state agencies and departments, including those in the legislative branch, at least once a decade. The idea is to get a thorough understanding of how money is being spent. Currently, budget writers are often relegated to looking at new funding requests.

Agencies that don't cooperate in reviews would have to suggest where at least 10 percent in general fund spending could be cut from their budgets.

House Speaker Mike Chenault, the bill's primary sponsor, says the bill would provide a start to making better, more informed decisions on spending

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