(”Capitol in Winter” from the Legislature’s online photo gallery)
The Daily Mail’s Ry Rivard this week profiled the West Virginia Legislative Auditor’s office, which AP’s Larry Messina on his Lincoln Walks at Midnight blog called “the closest thing West Virginia has to a government accountability agency.”
And take a look at today’s Gazette, and you’ll find not one, but two front-page stories from interim committee meetings based on legislative audit reports. Phil Kabler wrote both stories.
First, one audit found that 1 in 4 West Virginia high school students drop out without earning a diploma. You can read the audit itself here.
If you’re a policy geek, you might want to check out the Web site of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, which includes links to similar auditing agencies around the country. And of course, the Government Accountability Office and reports from the Congressional Research Service are very helpful, as are publications from the federal government’s Inspectors General.