The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, is back up and running. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves missed the normal appointment time in April, finally getting around to naming his seven appointments in late October.
The legislative watchdog group was established nearly 50 years ago. The committee issued it’s first report in early November which was a review of the Mississippi Dept. of Medicaid non-emergency transportation contract. They are expected to issue 3 more reports, evaluating funding for the Charter School Authorizer Board, taking a look at the stability of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), and assessing the costs of housing inmates by the Mississippi Dept. Of Corrections.
Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, a PEER Committee member, told CL Reporter Geoff Pender:
“I’m glad we were able to finish up this year’s work. We had several reports just sitting there waiting for the committee to release … We plan to have a couple more meetings before the end of the year. Everything is running OK, and the staff did a good job of keeping up with things.”
The committee will only release 4 reports this year, down significantly from 14 issued in 2015, 9 reports issued in 2014, and 12 reports issued in 2013.
Committee and staff say Reeves delaying appointments didn’t cause any significant setback.
The last appointment year in 2012 PEER issued 6 reports.