SUMMARY OF: A Sunset Review of the Department of Commerce,

Community, and Economic Development,

Board of Social Work Examiners

Why DLA Performed This Audit

The purpose of this audit was to determine if there is a need for the board’s continued existence and whether its termination date should be extended. The board is set to sunset June 30, 2018, and will have one year from that date to conclude its administrative operations.

Report Conclusions

The audit concluded that the board operated in the public’s interest by effectively licensing and regulating social workers. Board meetings were conducted in compliance with law, investigations were generally processed timely, and the board issued or changed regulations to improve the profession.

In accordance with AS 08.03.010(c)(21), the board is scheduled to terminate on June 30, 2018. We recommend that the legislature extend the board’s termination to June 30, 2026.

Findings and Recommendations

  1. The Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing’s director should improve procedures to ensure board required documentation is obtained prior to licensure.
  2.  The Office of the Governor, Boards and Commissions director should work with the board to identify potential applicants for the board’s vacant clinical social worker position.