The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee was
established by statute in 1972 to strengthen the General
Assembly's capacity for legislative oversight. By law, the
twelve-member committee is equally bipartisan and bicameral. The
President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House,
and the Senate and House Minority Leaders each appoint three
members to the committee.
With no specific subject matter
boundaries, the committee's primary charge is to examine "state
government programs and their administration to ascertain
whether such programs are effective, continue to serve their
intended purposes, are conducted in an efficient and effective
manner, or require modification or elimination." It may raise
and report out bills related to these examinations.
Further, an agency subject to a program review must take
necessary corrective action if the review cites inadequate
operating or administrative system controls or procedures,
inaccuracies, waste, extravagance, unauthorized or unintended
activities or programs, or other deficiencies.
In addition, the committee is authorized to conduct
investigations on "any matter" when required by a joint
resolution of the General Assembly or, when the legislature is
not in session, by a joint standing committee, or at its own
initiative, subject to the approval of the Joint Committee on
Finally, per P.A. 09-166, the committee is conducting a pilot
study using results-based accountability principles. While the
pilot is underway, the scheduled re-activation of Connecticut's
Sunset Law, dormant since 1984, is postponed until 2012. (See
C.G.S. Secs. 2c-1 to 2c-12).
The committee is supported by a staff of nonpartisan
professional analysts that make up the Office of Program Review