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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2017 04:23 PM
From: Representative Scott A. Petri
To: All House members
Subject: Legislative Task Force on Administrative Efficiency
I invite you to co-sponsor my resolution creating the Legislative Task Force on Administrative Efficiency to review commissions, departments, and programs funded by our state budget.

It is in the public interest to ensure that agencies and commissions operate efficiently, lawfully, and within the parameters under which they were created and empowered. Repeatedly we read official findings and news accounts of wrongdoing, misuse of funds, or ineffectual practices. Many other states have recognized the need for legislative oversight and have empowered committees with the necessary authority.

Having legislative oversight will enable the legislature to recommend more efficient ways of operating state government. Under the resolution, any chairman of a standing committee may request the task force to review an administrative department or a commission. The chairman of the standing committee will co-chair the task force. Referrals can also arise from findings of misuse of public funds by the state attorney general, the state auditor general, or by house resolution.

My resolution empowers the task force to recommend improved efficiency of the department, program or commission, to consult with experts and to receive input from interested parties, including residents who have utilized the program or interacted with the commission that is under task force review.

After its review, the task force is required to make recommendations based on its findings to the standing committee of the House of Representatives that is assigned legislative review of that department and to the Majority Leader of the House, the Speaker of the House, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the Secretary of the administrative department and to the Governor.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to safeguard the taxpayer’s monies from misuse and inefficient expenditure.