Jack Fisher

OFBF supports performance audits for state government

Buckeye Farm News

In a letter to Ohio lawmakers, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) outlined its support for House Bill 2, which would advance the concept of performance audits for many state agency programs and activities.

The letter follows up on the work of an OFBF state budget task force that met last summer to hear from issue experts, associations and state government regarding budget issues, ideas and opportunities.

The task force, made up of 16 OFBF members from across the state, issued recommendations that were approved by OFBF’s board of trustees as well as delegates at the organization’s annual meeting.

Those recommendations included the implementation of performance audits, which OFBF believes will help the state government become more efficient and accountable over the long-term.

“Performance audits preserve resources for priority programs while promoting efficiency. Audit recommendations identify how to maximize program and service results and highlight best practices that should be adopted,” wrote OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. “These audits also help governments identify waste by avoiding outdated or duplicative services. In addition, performance auditors review management and administrative practices to ensure they are cost efficient and streamlined.”

OFBF also said that performance audits lead to sustainable, balanced budgets because the potential savings exceeds the costs of conducting the audit. Since 2007, the Ohio Auditor’s office has conducted 107 audits recommending almost $169 million in cost savings.

“We believe this legislation is a step in the right direction when it comes to lowering costs and improving performance within our state government,” Fisher wrote.

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