State Government : Performance Audit

​​​​New performance audit studied the effect of public records requests

At the request of the Legislature, this performance audit examined the effect of public records requests on state and local governments, including the costs of fulfilling requests in the electronic age. We found that a changing public records environment and a Public Records Act (PRA) that has not kept pace with present-day issues pose challenges that, if not addressed, may undermine the original intent of public records laws and hinder other essential government services. Our research shows that a combination of statewide policy changes and better information management and disclosure practices is needed to keep pace with changing times. We identified policies the Legislature can consider to address public records issues. We also identified practical solutions that can help state and local governments continue to improve their records management and disclosure processes. You can read the full report (pdf, 1.1 mb), as well as watch a video and explore the full results of our survey.

​​Performance audits work to improve service 
to the public

We provide the public and state leaders with independent, objective evaluations of the effectiveness, economy and efficiency of public services, at both the state and the local level.

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