SUMMARY OF: A Sunset Review on the Department of Public Safety, Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, May 21, 2013

Purpose of the Report

In accordance with Title 24 and Title 44 of the Alaska Statutes (sunset legislation), we have reviewed the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s (council or CDVSA) activities. The purpose of this audit was to determine if there is a demonstrated public need for its continued existence and if 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 council should be reestablished. Currently, under AS 44.66.010(a)(5), the council will terminate on June 30, 2014, and will have one year from that date to conclude its administrative operations.

Report Conclusions

The council is serving in the public’s interest by funding and monitoring Alaskan domestic violence and sexual assault response programs and prevention activities. Additionally, the council effectively served as the central coordinator for related services throughout the State. However, areas for operational improvements were noted as discussed in the Findings and Recommendations.

CDVSA is scheduled to terminate June 30, 2014. We recommend the council’s termination date be extended eight years to June 30, 2022.

Findings and Recommendations

  1. The council should address its statutory responsibility to consult with the Department of Health and Social Services to formulate standards and procedures as required by AS 18.66.300.
  2. The council’s executive director should implement written procedures to ensure public notices are posted timely.
  3. The council’s executive director should improve grant award and monitoring policies and procedures.