§4-10-7. Agency review


Published: 2015

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WVC 4 - 10 - 7

§4-10-7. Agency review.

(a) The committee and the joint standing committee shall

conduct agency reviews, or authorize the division to conduct agency

reviews as one of its duties in addition to its other duties

prescribed by law, in accordance with generally accepted government

auditing standards (GAGAS) as promulgated by the U.S. Government

Accountability Office, on one or more of the agencies under the

purview of a department, during the year in which the department is

scheduled for review under the provisions of this article.

(b) The agency review may include, but is not limited to:

(1) An identification and description of the agency under

review;

(2) The number of employees of the agency for the immediate

past ten years;

(3) The budget for the agency for the immediate past ten

years;

(4) Whether the agency is effectively and efficiently carrying

out its statutory duties or legal authority;

(5) Whether the activities of the agency duplicate or overlap

with those of other agencies and, if so, how these activities could

be consolidated;

(6) A cost-benefit analysis, as described in subsection (e) of

this section, on state services that are privatized or contemplated

to be privatized;

(7) An analysis of the extent to which agency websites are accurate, updated and user friendly;

(8) An assessment of the utilization of information technology

systems within the agency, including interagency and intra-agency

communications;

(9) An analysis of any issues raised by the presentation made

by the department pursuant to the provisions of this article;

(10) An analysis of any other issues as the committee or the

joint standing committee may direct; and

(11) A recommendation as to whether the agency under review

should be continued, consolidated or terminated.

(c) The committee or the joint standing committee may vote on

the recommendation as to whether the agency under review should be

continued, consolidated or terminated. Recommendations of the

committee or the joint standing committee shall be given

considerable weight in determining if an agency should be

continued, consolidated or terminated.

(d) An agency may be subject to a compliance review pursuant

to the provisions of this article.

(e) A cost-benefit analysis authorized by this section may

include:

(1) The tangible benefits of privatizing the service;

(2) Any legal impediments that may limit or prevent

privatization of the service;

(3) The availability of multiple qualified and competitive

private vendors; and

(4) A cost comparison, including total fixed and variable,

direct and indirect, costs of the current governmental operation

and the private vendor contract.





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