House Acts to Install Performance Reviews of State Depts
|Speaker's HB 166 Sets Schedule, Team and Assures State Funds are Well-Spent|
Posted: March 23, 2011
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed legislation to push for better accountability and review the performance and operations of state agencies. House Bill 166, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, re-institutes performance reviews for state departments and agencies, a practice ceased in the early 1980s.
I'd rather be in a position to make better, more informed decisions on doling out the people's money and HB 166 is a good start at getting us there.
Speaker Chenault says the bill fits within the Majority Caucus's foremost Guiding Principle for the 27th Alaska Legislature, promoting fiscal responsibility, because it forces the legislature to refocus on each agency to decide which expenditures are necessary and required state services. "We'll end up having a base we can look at to evaluate departments instead of looking at incremental increases," Speaker Chenault said. "It will give us an area and schedule we can look at when evaluating state spending on programs and projects - not only in the good times, when the price of oil is high - but also the when and how of addressing issues when revenues decline and we'd have to look at making cuts. I'd rather be in a position to make better, more informed decisions on doling out the people's money and HB 166 is a good start at getting us there."
Goal-setting is a key to establishing successful fiscal systems, and that's what HB 166 does.
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