On Tuesday, April 25, the legislative Government Operations & Audit Committee (GOAC) will meet in Pierre for its second meeting of the year. This is a meeting worth keeping an eye on for many reasons; I’ll go into some of those reasons as I list the agenda items below. Due to this meeting have so many big-ticket topic I plan to be in Pierre on Tuesday in order to record a video of the proceedings. Hopefully that will allow more people to see what GOAC does or doesn’t do.
The previous GOAC meeting was held on March 28 in Pierre. The minutes from that meeting can be read here.
The agenda for the upcoming April 25 meeting can be viewed here. For this post I will briefly list each agenda items. Additionally I will add some notes pertaining to each agenda item.
Item 1 – Department of Legislative Audit to review the Single Audit Report for the State of South Dakota for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016
This agenda item has the two following documents posted online:
I haven’t had a chance to actually browse through either file yet.
Item 2 – Brand Board to review the 2016 annual report
The two documents available for this agenda item are:
Over the last few years I’ve learned the branding board is VERY important to ranchers. Cattle stealing still happens and the Brand Board is one tool used to keep rustling under control.
Item 3 – Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services to discuss Federal Communication Commission Direct Video Calling
For this agenda item the Department of Human Services (DHS) will give a presentation on Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS). The documents available for this meeting are:
Item 4 – Department of Game, Fish and Parks to discuss the discontinued access to non-meandering waters in South Dakota
Now we are up to what I think will be one of the, if not the, biggest item of the 2018 legislative session: non-meandered waters! This is a top that pits sportsmen against landowners against GFP. It is a topic I will spend more time blogging about this summer, so I will keep this particular blurb short. But I will say this is a topic everyone should be paying attention to. GFP’s move to close access to certain non-meandered lakes after a recent SD Supreme Court decision is getting a lot of attention. My next blog about this topic will be going over some of terminology and history around the topic.
Item 5 – Auditor General to provide an update on the Mid Central Educational Cooperative Special Review Report and the fiscal year 2015 Single Audit – final report to be reviewed at a future GOAC meeting
This is an ongoing issue and will continue to be HUGE. A lot of pressure is being placed on GOAC to find out everything about the GEAR-UP scandals, especially with MCEC. Recently Sen Stace Nelson (R, Dist 19) called out Rep Kyle Schoenfish (R, Dist 19) for his firms part in auditing certain entities involved in these scandals. That will likely come up during the meeting as well. Unfortunately the Auditor General has not posted a copy of the audit update. People are demanding answers and hopefully this meeting will start to provide some of them.
Item 6 – Bureau of Human Resources to discuss:
• The length of time needed between the employment application and
the job offer
• Performance management indicators
I haven’t really looked into this agenda item….
Item 7 – Future meeting topics:
Finally, here is a list of what GOAC hopes to accomplish later in the year:
- Juvenile Corrections Reports
- Review the Mid Central Educational Cooperative Special Review Report
- Department of Revenue review of performance indicators
- Bureau of Information and Telecommunications review of performance indicators
- University Centers financial review
- Board of Regents application and acceptance process
- Annual report from the Obligation Recovery Center
- Annual reports from agencies receiving funds from the Building South Dakota Fund
- Report from Bureau of Human Resources on compiled authorizations to derive a direct benefit from a contract
- Report from the Auditor General on compiled authorizations to derive a direct benefit from a contract
- Annual report from the South Dakota 911 Coordination Board
- Review the annual work plan and report of the State Board of Internal Control
- Annual report from the South Dakota High School Activities Association
Many of those topics will likely be blog-worthy. And all of the topics are worth keeping an eye on!