RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – With a quick whisk of a pen Governor Bob McDonnell signed into effect House and Senate bills which now require audits on state departments, agencies and programs.
"These are much more extensive audits to get to the point to see how well is that agency running, how can you do things better," said McDonnell.
An internal review of VDOT is already underway, however for the first-time ever there will be audits focusing on performance and financial management.
"We're doing some other things internally, looking at the Department of Medical Assistance services where Medicaid funding has grown 1600% in 25 years. It is an unsustainable level of spending. I think we all know we need to do some things differently and better there," McDonnell said.
An extensive audit of VDOT must be submitted to McDonnell by the end of this year. Audits on all other major departments and agencies are due by December 1, 2011.
"This is more of a long-term strategic look at major state agencies that are big budget drivers or that have efficiencies that can be improved," McDonnell said.
Although it's too late to reap any savings found in these audits this year, the governor said he is willing to call a special session to reform state government as soon as all the numbers are crunched.