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Program Evaluation & Government Accountability:

Maine State House, Augusta, Maine, as of the mid-1800s. This building was originally designed by noted American architect Charles Bulfinch, as shown. A high dome was later added. This image is from the US Library of Congress online collection.The Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability (OPEGA) maintains this web site to inform and educate Maine citizens interested in our work. Legislators and other state employees may find some sections of this site particularly useful. Thank you for visiting, and please let us know if there are any additions or changes we can make to this site to make it easier for you to use or more helpful. There is a link to our survey at the bottom of each page. This survey is designed to collect feedback concerning this web site and about our work products, such as reports. If you would like to contact us outside the survey, please see the OPEGA contact page or use the Email Webmaster link at the bottom of all OPEGA and GOC pages.

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OPEGA's Mission:

The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) exists to support the Legislature in monitoring and improving the performance of State government by conducting independent, objective reviews of State programs and activities with a focus on effectiveness, efficiency and economical use of resources.

OPEGA conducts objective and independent performance audits of State government programs and activities to ensure they are achieving intended results and are effective, efficient and economical. Within this context, OPEGA also evaluates compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

Using an independent perspective, OPEGA:

  • provides timely and credible information for identifying risks and making decisions;
  • facilitates positive change by recognizing excellence, recommending improvements and working collaboratively to assure effective action is taken; and
  • fosters a more complete and accurate understanding of State government through its reports and communications.

OPEGA is also authorized to audit non-State entities receiving State funds or established to perform government functions.

OPEGA is a non-partisan,
independent legislative office


Authorizing legislation: MRSA Title 3 §991 - §997, passed in 2003

Began operation: January 2005.


  • Beth Ashcroft, Director
  • Wendy Cherubini, Senior Analyst
  • Scott Farwell, Analyst
  • Matthew Kruk , Analyst
  • Lucia Nixon , Analyst
  • Maura Pillsbury, Analyst
  • Etta Connors, Administrative Secretary

Professional standards: Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book)
Location: 111 Sewall Street, Cross Office Bldg., Room 107, Augusta, ME
Mailing info: 82 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0082

OPEGA seeks to be a model for best practices in government and is committed to: 

  • Independence and objectivity
  • Professionalism, ethics and integrity
  • Participatory, collaborative approach
  • Timely, effective communications
  • Valuable recommendations
  • Continuous improvement
  • Using skilled and knowledgeable staff
  • Minimizing disruption of operations
  • Identifying root causes
  • Measuring its own performance
  • Smart use of its own resources



Upcoming Events


  • The Next Scheduled
    Government Oversight Committee Meeting is:

  • November 13, 2014
    9:00 a.m.
    Room 220 Cross Office Building
    (Insurance and Financial Services Committee)


Latest OPEGA Publications


Maine Economic Improvement Fund

OPEGA's Annual Report on Activities and Performance 2013

Healthy Maine Partnerships' FY13 Contracts and Funding

Public Utilities Commission

Maine State Housing Authority: Energy Assistance Programs LIHEAP and WAP

OPEGA's Annual Report on Activities and Performances 2012

Communications Regarding a Computer System Weakness Resulting in MaineCare Claims Payments for Ineligible Individuals

Child Development Services Report

Cost Per Prisoner in the State Correctional System

Maine State Housing Authority Review

OPEGA's Annual Report on Activities and Performance 2011

Health Care Services in State Correctional Facilities

Maine Green Energy Alliance

Information Brief: State Real Estate Sales

Information Brief: Certificate of Need

Information Brief: Health Care Services in State Correctional Facilities

Maine Turnpike Authority Report

Maine Turnpike Authority Report Highlights

Emergency Communications in Kennebec County

OPEGA's Annual Report on Activities and Performance for 2010

Fund for a Healthy Maine Programs

Mainecare Durable Medical Equipment And Medical Supplies 

Maine State Prison Management Issues