April 2017 Committee on School Finance Permanent School Fund Item 5

Report by the State Auditor’s Office on the Audit of the Permanent School Fund’s Financial Statements and Certification of the Bond Guarantee Program for the Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2016

April 20, 2017

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL FINANCE/PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item provides an opportunity for representatives of the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) to make a presentation regarding the Audit of the Permanent School Fund’s Financial Statements and Bond Guarantee Program for the Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2016.

BOARD RESPONSE: Based on the data presented, the committee will provide guidance to the investment staff as appropriate.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: None.

FUTURE ACTION EXPECTED:
None.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Texas Education Code (TEC), §45.053, states that “Each year, the state auditor shall analyze the status of guaranteed bonds as compared to the cost value and market value of the permanent school fund. Based on that analysis, the state auditor shall certify whether the amount of bonds guaranteed is within the limit prescribed by this section.”

FISCAL IMPACT: The distribution of the Permanent School Fund is projected to be $2.1 billion during the 2016-2017 biennium.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: Not applicable.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES:
None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES:
None.

Staff Member Responsible:
Holland Timmins, Executive Administrator
and Chief Investment Officer of the
Texas Permanent School Fund