West Virginia Legislative Auditor's Office - Performance Evaluation & Research Division


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PERD's Most Recent Peer Reviews

2021 Peer Review of the Performance Evaluation & Research Division
2017 Peer Review of the Performance Evaluation & Research Division

West Virginia Performance Review Act Schedule

Scheduled Agency Reviews:
2022: The Department of Education, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education
2023: The Department of Veterans’ Assistance and the Department of Education and the Arts

Scheduled Regulatory Board Reviews:
2022: Board of Chiropractic Examiners; Board of Osteopathy; and Board of Physical Therapy.
2023: Board of Occupational Therapy; Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; and Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners.

Recent Reports

Department of Education - 11/13/2023
The West Virginia Department of Education lacks adequate capacity or structure to monitor local school districts’ use of federal emergency education funds which has resulted in an increased risk of fraud, waste, and abuse of these funds.

Board of Occupational Therapy - 10/16/2023
Regulation of Occupational Therapy is needed to protect the public. The Board of Occupational Therapy complies with some of the general provisions of Chapter 30 of the W.Va, Code, but improvement is needed.

2021 Recommendations Update - 10/16/2023
The Status of the 2021 Recommendations.

Reports of Interest

Board of Pharmacy - 12/05/2022
The Board could provide more active oversight of the controlled substance monitoring program’s contract deliverables.

Division of Personnel - 09/11/2022
Each year several million dollars are appropriated for budgeted vacant positions, many of which have been vacant for several years with no evidence that agencies are trying to fill them.

Review of the State's Laboratory Facilities - 01/09/2022
State Laboratory Testing Facilities' Needs and Issues are at Critical Points

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner - Letter Report - 11/15/2021
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is retaining unidentified and unclaimed decedent remains at its main facility, both in frozen storage and as cremated remains, because it lacks the statutory authorization to arrange for their disposition

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Who We Are

The Performance Evaluation and Research Division (PERD) has been in operation since 1994 as a division of the West Virginia Legislative Auditor’s Office. PERD conducts performance evaluations under the Legislative Auditor’s authority – Chapter 4, Article 2, Section 5 of the WV Code – and agency reviews and regulatory board reviews per the West Virginia Performance Review Act – Chapter 4, Article 10. Also, the Division conducts research on special topics as requested by the Legislature or mandated by separate legislation. Most reviews are presented by PERD staff to the Joint Committee on Government Organization.

Our Mission

It is our mission to provide useful information to the Legislature for legislative decision-making and hold state government accountable for its performance by:

• measuring the performance of state agencies by measuring outputs, outcomes, compliance and impact in relation to the purpose for which they were created;
• determining whether there is still a need for an agency or program;
• measuring the impact of agencies on citizens of the state; and
• reporting findings and recommendations to the Legislature in a concise and timely manner.

Contact Us

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John Sylvia, Director

Performance Evaluation & Research Division
State Capitol Complex
Building 1, Room 314W
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

Phone: (304) 347-4890
Fax: (304) 347-4939

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)

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