Unanimous Agreement Reached on Oversight Office

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Unanimous Agreement Reached on Oversight Office

Perhaps someone can define just what this office is charged with doing and what we can look forward to for deliverables.

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Unanimous Agreement Reached on Oversight Office

I look forward to the results~~~PJM$600,000 Included in Part II Budget for Legislative Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability
For Immediate Release For more information contact:June 10, 2003 Dan Demeritt 287-1445 AUGUSTA, MAINE - The Appropriations Committee of the Maine Legislature reached a unanimous decision on the Part II Budget for the 2004 - 2005 biennium. Included in the package was $600,000 for the Legislative Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA). The funding, which is split evenly over the two fiscal years, assures the previously authorized oversight office will up and running in the upcoming year. Securing funding for OPEGA is a major victory for lawmakers committed to improving the Legislature's capacity to review and oversee the functions of state government. The funding comes after weeks of intense negotiations. During these negotiations OPEGA proponents also beat back attempts to weaken the independence and bipartisan nature of the office as originally authorized.

"We have been working for three-and-a-half years to improve oversight in the Legislature," said Representative David Trahan of Waldoboro, one of the principle supporters of OPEGA. "In funding OPEGA the Legislature is making a commitment to review programs, find savings, and make government more accountable." Representative Mary Andrews of York, a longtime supporter of improving legislative oversight, added, "The work of reviewing government agencies cannot begin soon enough. The accounting problems we are encountering at the Departments of Education and Human Services are proof positive that the Legislature has to do a better job of living up to its oversight responsibilities."

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Re: Unanimous Agreement Reached on Oversight Office

While I am glad for any progress in this direction, it looks like this is mostly for show.$300K per year. Office space, a couple of secretaries, miscellaneous expenses, and pretty soon you have what, two individuals or so doing serious work?They'll in all likelihood spend most of their time fending off constituents, lobbyists, and legislators who go ballistic at the first hint that their pet rock has been selected for review. I don't know if they have an established oversight process or not; whether there are metrics for anything government does (other than those that show more money is needed to fix things.)If not, they'll spin wheels for several years just trying to figure out where to start.That's the optimistic view; now for you pessimists........

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Re: Unanimous Agreement Reached on Oversight Office

Government oversight of government agencies, WOW! What a great idea. Certainly worthy of more taxpayer money. Anybody who favors limited government should now be turning red.... :mad: There,...that's better. How foolish.Now, for you pessimists.....

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