2008 Excellence Award
The Legislative Audit Council (LAC) won the 2008 Excellence in Evaluation Award from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES). The award recognizes outstanding achievement in providing essential information to the General Assembly about the operation of state agencies. The criteria for the award include making a positive impact, producing a notable body of work, and furthering the field of legislative evaluation. Only one winner is selected each year. The award was presented at the NLPES Awards luncheon in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Friday, July 25.
The Excellence in Evaluation Award is presented to an office that has made significant contributions to the field of legislative program evaluation during a four-year period. The Audit Council issued 36 audits and follow-up reports between 2004 and 2007 containing almost 200 recommendations designed to improve the operations of state government. The LAC conducted reviews of various state agencies and programs including the Department of Transportation, the Second Injury Fund, the Universal Service Fund, the Child Protective Services Program at the Department of Social Services, and the Education Lottery.
The NLPES is comprised of state legislative agencies engaged in program evaluation or performance auditing. The purpose of the NLPES is to advance the profession of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing and to provide members with relevant training, opportunities for exchanging ideas and information, and recognition for superior performance.
The Legislative Audit Council was established in 1975 to conduct independent, objective performance audits of state agencies and programs. Its purpose is to provide information which will assist the General Assembly and the public in determining whether state agencies are efficiently, effectively, and lawfully managing public resources, and whether agency programs are meeting their intended objectives.