33.850. 1. The committee on legislative research shall organize a subcommittee, which shall be known as the "Joint Subcommittee on Recovery Accountability and Transparency", to coordinate and conduct oversight of covered funds to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
2. The subcommittee shall consist of the following eight members:
(1) One-half of the members appointed by the chairperson from the house which he or she represents, two of whom shall be from the majority party and two of whom shall be from the minority party; and
(2) One-half of the members appointed by the vice chairperson from the house which he or she represents, two of whom shall be from the majority party and two of whom shall be from the minority party.
3. The appointment of the senate and house members shall continue during the member's term of office as a member of the general assembly or until a successor has been appointed to fill the member's place when his or her term of office as a member of the general assembly has expired.
4. The subcommittee shall coordinate and conduct oversight of covered funds in order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, including:
(1) Reviewing whether the reporting of contracts and grants using covered funds meets applicable standards and specifies the purpose of the contract or grant and measures of performance;
(2) Reviewing whether competition requirements applicable to contracts and grants using covered funds have been satisfied;
(3) Reviewing covered funds to determine whether wasteful spending, poor contract or grant management, or other abuses are occurring and referring matters it considers appropriate for investigation to the attorney general or the agency that disbursed the covered funds;
(4) Receiving regular reports from the commissioner of the office of administration, or his or her designee, concerning covered funds; and
(5) Reviewing the number of jobs created using these funds.
5. The subcommittee shall submit annual reports to the governor and general assembly, including the senate appropriations committee and house budget committee, that summarize the findings of the subcommittee with regard to its duties in subsection 4 of this section. All reports submitted under this subsection shall be made publicly available and posted on the governor's website, the general assembly website, and each state agency website. Any portion of a report submitted under this subsection may be redacted when made publicly available, if that portion would disclose information that is not subject to disclosure under chapter 610, or any other provision of state law.
6. (1) The subcommittee shall make recommendations to agencies on measures to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse relating to covered funds.
(2) Not later than thirty days after receipt of a recommendation under subdivision (1) of this subsection, an agency shall submit a report to the governor and general assembly, including the senate appropriations committee and house budget committee, and the subcommittee that states:
(a) Whether the agency agrees or disagrees with the recommendations; and
(b) Any actions the agency will take to implement the recommendations.
7. The subcommittee may:
(1) Review audits from the state auditor and conduct reviews relating to covered funds; and
(2) Receive regular testimony from the state auditor relating to audits of covered funds.
8. (1) Not later than thirty days after the date on which all initial members of the subcommittee have been appointed, the subcommittee shall hold its first meeting. Thereafter, the subcommittee shall meet at the call of the chairperson of the subcommittee.
(2) A majority of the members of the subcommittee shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings.
9. The subcommittee may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the subcommittee considers advisable to carry out the provisions of this section. Each agency of this state shall cooperate with any request of the subcommittee to provide such information as the subcommittee deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. Upon request of the subcommittee, the head of each agency shall furnish such information to the subcommittee. The head of each agency shall make all officers and employees of that agency available to provide testimony to the subcommittee and committee personnel.
10. Subject to appropriations, the subcommittee may enter into contracts with public agencies and with private persons to enable the subcommittee to discharge its duties under the provisions of this section, including contracts and other arrangements for studies, analyses, and other services.
11. The members of the subcommittee shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
12. As used in this section, the term "covered fund" shall mean any moneys received by the state or any political subdivision under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as enacted by the 111th United States Congress.
13. This section shall expire March 1, 2013.
(L. 2010 H.B. 1965)
Missouri General Assembly