SUMMARY OF: A Sunset Review on the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Board of Examiners in Optometry, June 30, 2013

Purpose of the Report

In accordance with Title 24 and Title 44 of the Alaska Statutes (sunset legislation), we have reviewed the activities of the Board of Examiners in Optometry (board or BEO). The purpose of this audit was to determine whether there is a demonstrated public need for BEO’s continued existence and whether it has been operating in an effective manner. As required by AS 44.66.050(a), this report shall be considered by the committee of reference during the legislative oversight process in determining whether the board should be reestablished. Currently, under AS 08.03.010(c)(14), the board will terminate on June 30, 2014, and will have one year from that date to conclude its administrative operations.

Report Conclusions

We conclude that the board’s termination date should be extended. BEO is serving the public’s interest by effectively licensing and regulating optometrists. The board monitors licensees and ensures that only qualified individuals practice. The board also develops and adopts regulatory changes to improve the optometry profession in Alaska. We recommend that the board’s termination date be extended to June 30, 2022.

The prior sunset audit included two recommendations which have been resolved. This report makes one new recommendation to the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing (DCBPL or division) regarding its investigative support to the board. Improvements are needed to address various investigative case management system deficiencies.

Findings and Recommendations

  1. DCBPL’s director should continue efforts to improve the investigative case management system’s integrity and confidentiality.