About the Commission

The Little Hoover Commission, formally known as the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, is an independent state oversight agency created in 1962. The Commission’s mission is to investigate state government operations and policy, and – through reports and legislative proposals – make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature to promote economy, efficiency and improved service in state operations. In addition, the Commission has a statutory obligation to review and make recommendations on all proposed government reorganization plans.

Roles & Responsibilities

The Commission has broad and independent authority to evaluate the structure, organization, operation and function of every department, agency and executive branch of state government, along with the policies and methods for appropriating and administering funds.

Unlike fiscal or performance audits, the Commission’s studies look beyond whether programs comply with existing statutes and regulations. They instead explore how programs can and should function today and in the future.

In conducting its work, the Commission focuses on how the state may:

  • Improve outcomes of its programs.
  • Increase government transparency.
  • Reduce spending without sacrificing services.
  • Eliminate duplication or wasteful practices.
  • Consolidate services or abolish, create and reorganize government to better meet the needs of Californians.

The Little Hoover Commission welcomes the opportunity to work with the Governor, legislators and staff and is available to:

  • Support: Offer official support for legislation that implements our recommendations, including writing support letters or providing testimony at legislative hearings.
  • Advise: Brief policymakers and staff on issues researched by the Commission and discuss policy or organizational options, past or potential reforms and ideas for legislation.
  • Listen and Research: Consider letters from the Governor, members of the Legislature and others requesting future Commission study topics.

The Commission’s creation and membershippurpose and duties and powers are enumerated in statute.

View the Commission’s privacy policy here (pdf).