House passes bill requiring performance reviews

The Alaska House has unanimously passed a bill that calls for audits and performance reviews of state agencies.

Executive, legislative and judicial branch agencies would be subject to these audits and reviews, and possibly termination. The University of Alaska system would be subject to examination as well.

HB30 asks that the reviewing agency identify cuts equal to at least ten percent of any program’s appropriated budget.

Democratic Reps. Andrew Josephson and Les Gara each proposed amendments to the bill before the vote, neither of which passed.

Josephson’s amendment would have barred the review team from considering reductions or eliminations to the school funding formula. Gara’s would have required the reporting agency to indicate what criteria it used when recommending a specific budget cut.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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House passes bill requiring performance reviews