The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) is establishing an audit report library. Its purpose is to assist you in finding recent reports by other states on topics that may be of interest in your work. To begin, NLPES Executive Committee members are submitting reports from their offices for 2018, 2019 and 2020 (as released). If the pilot project is successful, the report library will be expanded. The ultimate goal is included reports from all legislative program evaluation and performance audit offices for a five-year period.
Explanation of the Categories
To assist with report categorization, below is the list of topic categories with a brief listing of examples of topics falling under each category. If the topic of the report does not fit into any of the subject matter categories, it can be listed under “Miscellaneous.” For example, a report on the State Board of Certified Public Accountants would be appropriately listed under “Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure,” and “Financial Services, Business and Commerce.” A report on the effectiveness of pre-school programs for low income children would be appropriately listed under “Education pre K-12” and “Human Services.”
- Agriculture and Rural Development: rural communities; food safety; farming.
- Civil, Criminal Justice and Judiciary: corrections and sentencing; DNA and forensics; juvenile justice; pretrial release; courts; intervention programs including prison industries.
- Community and Economic Development: tax incentives for businesses; redevelopment funding.
- Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure: professional licensing boards; consumer advocates.
- Education pre K-12: college and career readiness; early learning; higher education; international education, charter school and school choice; school finance; school principals; standards and assessment; teachers; and technology and personalized learning.
- Elections, Campaigns and Redistricting: election administration; campaign finance; initiative and referendum; voter registration; and redistricting efforts in the state.
- Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety: state troopers; firefighters; police; EMTs; disaster planning and operations.
- Energy: climate and energy; energy efficiency; energy infrastructure and reliability; fossil fuels; nuclear energy; renewable energy; resources, e.g., oil and gas; utilities.
- Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources, Game and Fisheries: natural resources; water; waste management; land use; climate change and air quality; state parks; hunting; fishing; fisheries stocking; and use of land for hunting and/or fishing.
- Ethics: conflict of interest; financial disclosure; lobbyist regulation; oversight/ethics commissions and committees; gift restrictions; staff ethics.
- Financial Services, Business and Commerce: financial crimes; commerce; business; insurance; medical liability and malpractice; mortgages and loans.
- Fiscal Policy: state budget conditions; state budget procedures; state revenues and tax policy.
- General Administration of State Government: procurement/purchasing, contracts, HR, travel, open records requirements.
- Health Care and Health Insurance: diseases and conditions; health insurance; Medicaid and CHIP; new and emerging health issues; pharmaceuticals; providers and facilities; Medicare; and ACA.
- Higher Education: university systems; college funding; college construction projects; and college student assistance.
- Human Services: services for the elderly, e.g., non-emergency transportation; child support and family law; child welfare; early care and education (pre-K); hunger and nutrition; welfare and poverty; mental health; and disabilities.
- Immigration: demographics and economics; integration; services and benefits.
- Information Technology: storing, retrieving and sending information, privacy and security issues; state WIFI efforts; data reliability audits (include cross-reference to agency being audited); and use of computers.
- Insurance: insurance programs; regulation of insurance products.
- Labor and Employment: collective bargaining; disability employment; discrimination; employee leave; personnel issues; unemployment; job training programs; wage and hour issues.
- Liquor, Lottery and Gaming: regulation of beer, wine and liquor sales; use of funds from beer, wine and liquor sales; regulation of lottery and gaming; use of lottery and gaming funds
- Local Government: review of county and municipal government functions.
- Military and Veterans’ Affairs: veterans’ services, e.g., health care; veterans’ benefits; veterans’ facilities; National Guard.
- Miscellaneous: for those report topics that do not fit in any of the other categories.
- Public Employee Retirement Systems: reports on funding status, sustainability, investment strategies.
- Public Health: opioids; prevention of disease or injury; community approach to health issues.
- State-Tribal Issues: indigenous people; indigenous people’s land.
- Telecommunications: regulation; locating cell towers.
- Transportation: vehicles; access and mobility; bicycles and pedestrians; drivers licensing and registration; drunken/impaired driving; funding and finance of transportation projects; traffic safety; hazmat transportation; inter and intra city transit; rail; ports; airports.
Instructions for Using the Report Library
Each topic above has an individual website. To access a topic website, click on the topic name in the list above. Currently, the topic websites show audit reports for 2018, 2019 and 2020 (if any). The reports are divided by year. Within each year's listing, reports are organized by state. Each report citation includes the report's title, release date, publication number (if used) and audit office. To access a full report, go to the agency's website, a link to which is provided at the end of each report citation.
Your feedback about the audit report library pilot project is welcomed. Please send your comments to Brenda Erickson.