Welcome to the Program Evaluation Division Website
The Program Evaluation Division (PED) is a central, non-partisan unit of the Legislative Services Commission of the North Carolina General Assembly that assists the General Assembly in fulfilling its responsibility to oversee government functions. The mission of the Program Evaluation Division is to evaluate whether public services are delivered in an effective and efficient manner and in accordance with the law. The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee oversees formal evaluation of state agency programs by the Program Evaluation Division.
The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee last met on Monday, May 9, 2016. Items on the agenda included a presentation by the State Auditor on Medicaid eligibility and review of draft legislation related to recent PED reports on economic development and Medicaid eligibility determinations.
JLPEOC is next scheduled to meet on June 13, 2016.
The status of each of our current evaluations is updated on a weekly basis.
The 2015–16 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly is currently underway. Our Legislative Tracking resource will be updated several times per week with status information on bills derived from JLPEOC and from PED report recommendations.
Both a May 21, 2016 article and a May 14, 2016 editorial in the Charlotte Observer on North Carolina's prescription drug epidemic cited PED's 2014 report, North Carolina Needs to Strengthen Its System for Monitoring and Preventing the Abuse of Prescribed Controlled Substances, particularly its findings regarding the overprescribing of opioids and underutilization of the State's electronic reporting system for controlled substances.
On May 17, 2016, the northeastern North Carolina-serving Daily Advance reported on proposed legislation giving the Department of Health and Human Services greater authority in ensuring the timeliness of Medicaid eligibility determinations made by county departments of social services, as recommended by PED's report, Timeliness of Medicaid Eligibility Determinations Declined Due to Challenges Imposed by NC FAST and Affordable Care Act Implementation.