Moving budget reviews to the Comptroller
February 10, 2009
- Moves Texas Performance Reviews, which were given by the Legislature to the Legislative Budget Board in 2003, back to the Comptroller’s office.
- Increases transparency and credibility of performance reviews in a way that costs no additional money.
- Transfers to the Comptroller, and from the LBB, performance review functions covering interscholastic competition, school districts, higher education institutions, and records management, plus efficiency reviews of state agencies.
- Transfers Performance Review employees, records, equipment, and appropriations from LBB to the Comptroller.
- Moving this function from one agency to another should have no fiscal impact on the state
- This change would ensure that the most appropriate state authority is monitoring the state’s finances, looking for both waste and efficiencies through this function, and defending the findings when needed.
- The bill moves effective budget oversight out from under the legislators and budget writers who, directly or indirectly, are being checked and balanced by it.
- The shift would negate a decision in 2003 that, according to news reports at the time, stemmed largely from political issues concerning specific individuals who were involved.
- Texas Performance Reviews – reports that analyzed state government and sought to end waste and find efficiencies – were developed and made prominent by the governor and the state comptroller’s office in the early 1990s.
- They were designed to find and free-up revenue without raising taxes, and they became a national model.
- In 2005, the 79th Legislature, the first to consider performance reviews under the LBB staff, adopted more than $1.8 billion in recommendations from performance review staff, but declined another $1.2 billion in recommendations.
- Of the 143 recommendations submitted by Performance Review staff before the 2008-09 biennium, just 73 were adopted or passed.
- While significant funds remain at issue in the performance reviews, the studies this year target much less in potential savings than they have in the past. Only about $119 million in savings were identified in the report to the 81st Legislative Session.
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