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Agency Information

General
The Legislative Audit Bureau is a non-partisan legislative service agency created to assist the Legislature in maintaining effective oversight of state operations. The Bureau conducts objective audits and evaluations of state agency operations to ensure financial transactions have been made in a legal and proper manner and to determine whether programs are administered effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with the policies of the Legislature and the Governor. The results of these evaluations are provided to the Legislature, along with recommendations for improvements in agency operations.
History
The Legislative Audit Bureau was created by Chapter 659, Laws of Wisconsin 1965. Prior to the creation of the Bureau, financial audits were performed by the Department of State Audit, an executive branch department created in 1947.
Organizational Structure
The director of the Legislative Audit Bureau is the State Auditor, who is appointed by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Legislative Organization. The State Auditor appoints staff members from outside of the classified civil service system. The Legislative Audit Bureau is organized into four sections: Financial Audit, Program Evaluation, Information Systems Support, and Administrative Services. Approximately two-thirds of the audit staff are in the financial section, and one-third of staff are in the program evaluation section.

2007 Wisconsin Act 126 created a fraud, waste, and mismanagement hotline that allows the public and individuals within state government to report suspected fraud and other improper acts by state agencies, employees, and contractors.
Public Records Custodian
The State Auditor is the legal custodian under s. 19.33, Wis. Stats., of the records in the custody of the Legislative Audit Bureau. Requests may be directed to:

    Joe Chrisman, State Auditor
    Legislative Audit Bureau
    22 East Mifflin Street, Suite 500
    Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Legislative Audit Bureau
22 E. Mifflin Street, Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-2818
Fax: (608) 267-0410
leg.audit.info@legis.wisconsin.gov
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