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SB-1 State Auditor: duties.(2007-2008)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2007–2008 4th Ext.

Senate Bill
No. 1


Introduced  by  Senator Wyland

November 07, 2008


An act to add Section 8543.9 to the Government Code, relating to the State Auditor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1, as introduced, Wyland. State Auditor: duties.
Under existing law, the Bureau of State Audits has statutory audit and evaluation duties.
This bill would require the State Auditor, on or before January 1, 2010, and every 2 years thereafter, to conduct a performance evaluation of every state government program and expenditure, and submit a report of the results of that evaluation to the Legislature. This bill would also require the State Auditor to make the report easily available to the public.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 8543.9 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8543.9.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2010, and every two years thereafter, the State Auditor shall conduct a performance evaluation of every state government program and expenditure, and submit a report of the results of that performance evaluation to the Legislature.
(b) A performance evaluation, for purposes of this section, shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A description of the funding, including all sources, used to fund the program or expenditure.
(2) A statement of the purpose of the program or expenditure, including the goals of the program or expenditure and the Legislature’s intent at the time the program or expenditure was created.
(3) A discussion of the history of the program or expenditure, including significant changes to the program or expenditure.
(4) An evaluation of the success of the program or expenditure, including an explanation of the methodology used to evaluate success.
(5) Recommendations on how the program or expenditure can be more efficient and effective, or if the program or expenditure should be eliminated.
(6) Any other information or evaluation the State Auditor deems appropriate.
(c) The State Auditor shall make the report prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) easily available to the public.
(d) The Legislature shall appropriate funds to the State Auditor sufficient to fulfill the duties of this section.