Work Plans 2003-2005
JLARC Study Topic Where Mandated Report Date JLARC Staff Contact(s)

Fire Suppression Policy Study (05-11)
Scope & Objectives
Digest
Report

C 276 L 04

June 2005

John Woolley
360.786.5184
woolley_jo@leg.wa.gov
2004 legislation directs JLARC to conduct an audit of the policies and practices of the state wildfire suppression program.  The audit is to include a review of how current fire suppression practices comply with the policies and intent of Chapter 76.04 RCW; an examination of the factors that contribute to the recent increase in the cost of fire suppression and how the Department of Natural Resources determines the proportion of fire suppression costs charged to private parties and landowners contingency account. 

Higher Education Capital Facilities Studies (05-10) 

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

C 26 L 03 E1

June 2005


 

Karen Barrett
360.786.5181
barrett.karen@leg.wa.gov

The 2003-05 Capital Budget directs JLARC to continue its work on the Higher Education Comparable Framework and include site and campus infrastructure, facility renewal and replacement dates, building modernization (if feasible), and GASB 34 & 35 reporting requirements.

General Contractor/Construction Manager Procedures Study (05-9)

Scope & Objectives
Digest
Report

C 26 L 03 E1

June 2005

Jill Satran
360.786.5177
satran.jill@leg.wa.gov
The 2003-05 Capital Budget directs JLARC to assess the general contractor / construction manager public works contracting procedure in the ways the procedure may affect public benefits and costs.

UW Metropolitan Tract Report:  2005 Update (05-8)

Report

C 346 L 99 Feb 2005

Karen Barrett
360.786.5181
barrett_ka@leg.wa.gov

The University of Washington is required to report biennially to JLARC on its management of the Metropolitan Tract, a parcel of office and hotel properties, occupying about 11 acres in downtown Seattle.

Performance Audit of Capital Budget Processes (05-7)

Scope & Objectives
Digest
Report

C 26 L 03 E1 & JLARC-Sponsored Study

Feb 2005

Karen Barrett
360.786.5181
barrett.karen@leg.wa.gov
Directed in the 2003-05 Capital Budget, and also sponsored by JLARC, this performance audit will assess  the state’s policies, processes, and oversight mechanisms for developing and implementing capital projects.  Samples of actual capital projects from the 1995-97 through the 2003-05 biennia will be examined

K-12 School Bus Bidding and Purchasing Study (05-5)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

JLARC-Sponsored Study Feb 2005

Heather Moss
360.786.5174
moss_he@leg.wa.gov

This JLARC study will look at current and potential methods of bidding and purchasing school buses for home-to-school transportation in order to recommend methods and systems for district purchasing purposes while at the same time allowing local school district control over decisions concerning the management of pupil transportation systems.

Overview of Environmental Permitting for Transportation Projects (05-4) 

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

C 360 L 03
TPAB and LTC Approved
Dec 2004 Steve Lerch
360.786.5178
lerch.steve@leg.wa.gov
This analysis will compile information on work that has been completed, is underway, or is planned in the immediate future on environmental permitting for transportation projects, with the goal of identifying options for future TPAB audit and evaluation studies that will complement and augment existing work on this topic.

Overview of WSDOT Capital Project Management (05-3)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

C 360 L 03 &
TPAB and LTC  Approved
Dec 2004

Keenan Konopaski
360.786.5187
konopaski_ke@leg.wa.gov

This will be a review of critical path management, risk management, project reporting, and organizational structures used to deliver WSDOT capital projects.

Mental Health Advance Directives Impacts

Briefing Report

C 283 L 03 Dec 2004

Steve Lerch
360.786.5178
lerch_st@leg.wa.gov

2003 legislation directs a JLARC study to focus on new provisions regarding residents of long-term care facilities who are admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility and who then seek re-admission to the same long-term care facility.

Water Conservancy Boards Review (04-12)

Scope & Objectives
Digest
Report

C 371 L 02

Dec 2004

Linda Byers
360.786.5183
byers_li@leg.wa.gov

2001 legislation directs an assessment of the costs, processes and operations of water conservancy boards as they make decisions regarding transfers of existing water rights and other areas within their jurisdiction.  Comparisons with Department of Ecology processes and operations are also to be made.
Emergency Communications Oversight

SEIC Update 9/22/04
SEIC Presentation 9/22/04

C 18 L 03

July 2004

Cindi Yates
360.786.5175
yates_ci@leg.wa.gov

2003 legislation sets up a strategic interoperability telecommunications executive committee to complete an inventory and a state plan for achieving interoperability of emergency communications.  JLARC and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) are to provide consultation for these efforts.

State Investment Board Salary Survey Review:  2004 Update

C 302 L 01 June 2004 Cindi Yates 360.786.5175
yates_ci@leg.wa.gov

Review - The Washington State Investment Board sought legislation in 2001 to allow it to pursue a separate salary survey of compensation for its staff investment officers.  JLARC is required to review this Investment Board salary survey.

Public Records Disclosure:  Review of Impact of Domestic Security Exemptions (04-11)

Scope & Objectives
Digest
Report

C 335 L 02

June 2004

 

John Woolley
360.786.5184
woolley_jo@leg.wa.gov

2002 legislation exempts from public inspection and copying certain domestic security records, as well as information regarding the infrastructure and security of telecommunications networks and also directs JLARC to review the effect of the exemption on state agency performance in responding to requests for disclosure.

Governing for Results in Washington:  A Case Study of Economic Vitality Efforts (04-10)

Scope and Objectives
Report
Digest

JLARC-Sponsored Study

 

June 2004

Heather Moss
360.786.5174
moss_he@leg.wa.gov

In accord with its 2003-05 work plan, JLARC is assessing the state’s fiscal reporting, accountability, and performance tracking systems. Staff have completed four individual agency performance and outcome measure reviews since August 2003.  This current review takes a broader look at performance between agencies rather than within agencies.  Specifically, this review examines how workforce and economic development efforts are connected and work together across nine different state agencies and how the Legislature can better understand the results of these coordinated efforts.

Follow-up: 2001 Investing in the Environment Performance Audit (04-9)

Report

JLARC Directed Follow-up June 2004
Eric Thomas
360.786.5298
thomas_er@leg.wa.gov
JLARC's 2001 Investing in the Environment Performance Audit made six recommendations to improve the performance of environmental grants and loans funded in the Capital Budget.  Follow-ups in 2001 and 2003 showed some progress in implementing these recommendations.  This final follow-up will examine progress at the onset of the 2005-07 budget cycle.

Follow-up: 2003 Pipeline Safety Program: Oversight and Review (04-8)

Report

JLARC Directed Follow-up June 2004
Heather Moss
360.786.5174
moss_he@leg.wa.gov
JLARC's 2003 Pipeline Safety Program Oversight and Review made four recommendations for improving the pipeline safety program of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission.  This follow-up will examine progress that the WUTC has made in implementing these recommendations and their plans for additional improvements.

Status Report - DSHS Responses to JLARC's Studies of the Division of Developmental Disabilities (04-7)

Report

JLARC Directed Follow-up Apr 2004

Deborah Frazier
360.786.5186
frazier_de@leg.wa.gov
JLARC examined alternative uses for the residential habilitation centers and carried out a performance audit of the operations of the community-based services system.  The studies identified the need for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to develop management tools to support both legislative and agency decision making for the DDD services system.  This status report is an opportunity for JLARC to assess DSHS’s responsiveness to the Committee’s recommendations for improvement of the organization and management of these important areas of state human services.

Pre-Sunset Review:  Linked Deposit Program (04-6)

Report

C 305 L 02 Apr 2004
Robert Krell
360.786.5182
krell_ro@leg.wa.gov
Washington’s Sunset Act now requires that entities subject to termination under that Act “develop performance measures and a data collection plan and submit them for review and comment to [JLARC].”  These measures will then serve as part of the framework for evaluating the programs’ overall effectiveness when it is time to conduct their sunset reviews.  The Linked Deposit Program is subject to future termination under the Sunset Act. 

Home Care Quality Authority - Front-end Review of Performance Measures and Data Collection Plan (04-6)

Report

Initiative 775 Apr 2004

Robert Krell
360.786.5182
krell_ro@leg.wa.gov
Washington’s Sunset Act now requires that entities subject to termination under that Act “develop performance measures and a data collection plan and submit them for review and comment to [JLARC].”  These measures will then serve as part of the framework for evaluating the programs’ overall effectiveness when it is time to conduct their sunset reviews.  The Home Health Care Quality Authority is subject to future termination under the Sunset Act.

Pre-Sunset Review:  Office of Regulatory Assistance (04-6)

Report

C 71 L 03 Apr 2004
Robert Krell
360.786.5182
krell_ro@leg.wa.gov

Washington’s Sunset Act now requires that entities subject to termination under that Act “develop performance measures and a data collection plan and submit them for review and comment to [JLARC].”  These measures will then serve as part of the framework for evaluating the programs’ overall effectiveness when it is time to conduct their sunset reviews.  The Office of Regualtory Assistance is not subject to future termination under the Sunset Act.  However, JLARC is required to conduct a review of it in 2006 and it was determined that it would be helpful to follow the same front-end performance measure review process.

Wildlife Damage Claims on Rangeland Sunset Review (04-5)

Digest
Report

C 274 L 01 Jan 2004

Linda Byers
360.786.5183
byers_li@leg.wa.gov

2001 legislation expanded wildlife damage claims on agricultural land to include rangeland.  JLARC will complete a program review of the effort to reimburse landowners for damage to rangeland caused by deer and elk.

Washington Medicaid Study (04-4)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

JLARC-Sponsored Study

Jan 2004

Deborah Frazier
360.786.5186
frazier_de@leg.wa.gov

This JLARC-directed study provides a descriptive overview of Washington Medicaid and the management of it, an inventory of Medicaid-funded activities, programs and services.  Initiatives to improve the coordination of services and resources to persons receiving Medicaid-funded services are also assessed.

Performance & Outcome Measure Review: Employment Security Department (04-3)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

JLARC-Sponsored Study

Jan 2004

Heather Moss
360.786.5174
moss_he@leg.wa.gov

This JLARC-sponsored evaluation will look at the key performance and outcome measures in the Employment Security Department linked to job search efforts targeted at unemployed workers receiving Unemployment Insurance.

Performance & Outcome Measure Review: Office of Trade and Economic Development (04-2)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

JLARC-Sponsored Study

Jan 2004

Heather Moss
360.786.5174
moss_he@leg.wa.gov

This JLARC-sponsored evaluation looks at the key performance and outcome measures of economic development and international trade programs within the Office of Trade and Economic Development, in the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

DSHS Mental Illness Health Prevalence Study:  Follow-up to JLARC's 2000 Mental Health System Performance Audit (04-1)

Digest
Report

C 7 L 01 Jan 2004
Robert Krell
360.786.5182
krell_ro@leg.wa.gov

The 2001 Legislature directed the Department of Social and Health Services to study the prevalence of mental illness among Washington’s 14 regional support networks and JLARC to review the results of the DSHS study.

Fish Management Division:  Activity and Cost Analysis (03-12)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report, Volume I
Appendices, Volume II

C 371 L 02 Oct 2003

Linda Byers
360.786.5183
byers_li@leg.wa.gov
The 2002 Supplemental Budget directs this organizational and operational review of the Fish Management Division of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The review will identify functions of the Division, identify those by fund source, and link those to authorizing statutes and court decisions.  Division activities will also be evaluated.

Performance & Outcome Measure Review: Rehabilitation Services to Injured Workers (03-11)

Digest
Report

JLARC-Sponsored Study Oct 2003
Cindi Yates 360.786.5175
yates_ci@leg.wa.gov

This JLARC-sponsored review of Labor and Industries’ performance-based referral system for vocational rehabilitation looks at the use of performance measures to monitor the quality and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation providers.

Follow-up:  1998 Workers’ Compensation Performance Audit (03-10)

Digest
Report
Original Report 98-9

JLARC-directed follow-up Sept 2003
Cindi Yates 360.786.5175
yates_ci@leg.wa.gov
This review examines the current status of the recommendations in JLARC’s 1998 Performance Audit of Washington’s Workers’ Compensation System and whether such recommendations achieved their desired results.

Performance & Outcome Measure Review: Department of Ecology Case Study (03-9)

Scope and Objectives
Digest
Report

JLARC-Sponsored
Study
August 2003
Robert Krell
360.786.5182
krell_ro@leg.wa.gov

JLARC itself has directed an evaluation of accountability and performance measure systems in state government for 2003-05.  Ecology is the first review, and this study looks at how their performance measures are used for accountability and internal management purposes.

Follow-up: 2003 Higher Education Facility Preservation Study (03-8)

Digest
Report
Original Report 03-1

C 26 L 03 E 1 August 2003 Karl Herzog
360.786.5185
herzog_ka@leg.wa.gov

JLARC’s Higher Education Facilities Preservation Study recommended ways to improve facility preservation budgeting and accountability across public colleges and universities.  The status of these recommendations are reviewed in light of the 2003 Legislature’s final budget and policy decision, which also gave JLARC new directives in the 2003-05 Capital Budget.

UW Metropolitan Tract Report 2003 Update (03-7)

Digest
Report

C 346 L 99 August 2003

Cindi Yates 360.786.5175
yates_ci@leg.wa.gov

The University of Washington is required to report biennially to JLARC on its management of the Metropolitan Tract, a parcel of office and hotel properties, occupying approximately 11 acres in downtown Seattle.