Opportunities

The Legislative Audit Bureau is a nonpartisan service agency that assists the Legislature in maintaining effective oversight of state programs and finances. The Bureau employs:

  • financial auditors who systematically examine the accounting records and financial statements of entities that receive public funds and perform reviews of government operations that promote good fiscal and management practices;
  • performance evaluators who conduct audits to determine whether programs are accomplishing their policy goals and program objectives and to identify areas in which improvements can be made in the efficiency and effectiveness of state administered programs;
  • information technology auditors who conduct audits of the State’s data centers and information systems applications and practices; and
  • professional staff with skills in information technology, document production, and human resources who support the operations of the Bureau.


Current Openings

For more information about current openings, click on the title below. If interested, please send materials to LAB-Employment@legis.wisconsin.gov. The Bureau is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Financial Auditor

Overview

The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking experienced financial auditors. The Legislative Audit Bureau is a nonpartisan service agency of the Wisconsin Legislature that is responsible for conducting financial audits and performance evaluations of Wisconsin state agencies and programs.

 

Why work at the Legislative Audit Bureau


Working at the Bureau provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of state government operations. In addition, we strive to provide you with a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

Assistance with professional certifications and internal trainings are available for your professional development. We also promote a healthy balance between your personal and professional life and offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

 

More about the Legislative Audit Bureau


We have audit responsibility over all state government activities, which provides you with many diverse audit opportunities. A large part of staff audit time is devoted to the State of Wisconsin’s single audit report, which includes our opinion on the State’s financial statements and its compliance with regulations related to federal grants. We also provide an opinion on the financial statements of the State Lottery, the University of Wisconsin System, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and other state agencies and programs.

As part of our audits, we identify issues and develop findings of legislative interest and report the results to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Our reports are taken into consideration by the Wisconsin Legislature in developing public policy.

We are located at 22 East Mifflin Street, right on the Capitol square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Many state agencies are within walking distance of our office, while others are located a short distance from the downtown area. However, limited travel outside of Madison may be required.

 

Primary Responsibilities


Financial auditors are typically assigned to a variety of financial and federal compliance audits of state agencies.

Responsibilities include:

  • interviewing agency staff;
  • testing controls and account balances;
  • documenting procedures and testing using Prosystem Engagement and Knowledge Coach software;
  • using analytical tools to evaluate transactions;
  • drawing conclusions on assigned audit work; and
  • working collaboratively with team members.
Entry-level auditors work closely with an experienced team leader. All new auditors are assigned a mentor as they transition to the Bureau.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Three years of experience as an auditor;
  • a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting and is eligible to sit for, or has already taken, the CPA Exam (CPA preferred but not required);
  • solid academic performance;
  • foundational analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • sound written and verbal communication skills;
  • worked well independently and within a team setting; and
  • good interpersonal skills.

Successful candidates are highly motivated, take initiative, and seek challenging opportunities.

We are seeking candidates who are legally authorized to work in the United States and will not require employer visa sponsorship now or in the future. A background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to an offer of employment.

The Legislative Audit Bureau is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Types of Positions

For more information about auditor and evaluator positions at the Bureau, click on the titles below.

Financial Auditor

 

A financial auditor may work on a variety of audits. We perform the State of Wisconsin’s “single audit,” which includes our opinion on the State’s financial statements and its compliance with regulations related to federal grants. We also provide an opinion on the financial statements of the State Lottery, the University of Wisconsin System, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and other state agencies and programs. Core responsibilities for a financial auditor include interviewing agency staff, testing controls and account balances, documenting procedures, drawing conclusions on assigned audit work, and working collaboratively with team members.

An ideal candidate has a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting and is eligible to sit for, or has already taken, the Certified Public Accountant exam. Strong candidates will also have solid academic performance and the skills to analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions. Other critical success factors include skills in working both independently and within a team setting, sound written and oral communication skills, as well as motivation and taking initiative.

Information Technology Auditor

 

Information technology (IT) auditors will work on audits of the State’s data centers. In addition, IT auditors complete reviews of computer applications and test IT general controls for financial and federal compliance audits at state agencies. An IT auditor’s core responsibilities include interviewing agency staff, assessing IT risks that may affect the financial statements or federal grant programs, testing application and general IT controls, and documenting relevant procedures and the results of audit testing.

An ideal candidate has a degree or related coursework in information technology and is interested in pursuing the Certified Information Systems Auditor designation. Additional coursework or experience in the area of accounting is preferable, but not required. Strong candidates will also have solid academic performance and the skills to analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions. Other critical success factors include skills in working both independently and within a team setting, sound written and oral communication skills, as well as motivation and taking initiative.

Performance Evaluator

 

A performance evaluator is responsible for analyzing complex issues and data to determine whether a program is accomplishing its goals and to identify ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency. A performance evaluator is typically assigned to work as part of a team, but may be given opportunities to independently complete projects, such as narrowly scoped performance evaluations or special projects.

An ideal candidate has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in public policy or law. Strong candidates will also have solid academic performance and the skills to analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions. Other critical success factors include skills in working both independently and within a team setting, sound written and oral communication skills, as well as motivation and taking initiative.


Internships

Financial Auditor Intern

 

A financial auditor intern receives meaningful audit assignments, participates in our audit process and team meetings, and acquires important skills for career growth. An ideal intern candidate is working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting and has an interest in pursuing a Certified Public Accountant license. Preferably, interns have already taken an auditing class, although this is not a requirement. Strong candidates will also have solid academic performance and the skills to analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions. Other critical success factors include skills in working both independently and within a team setting, sound written and oral communication skills, as well as motivation and taking initiative.

Information Technology Auditor Intern

 

An information technology (IT) auditor intern will be assigned to financial and federal compliance audits of state agencies and their programs and funds, typically focusing on IT areas, such as application reviews and IT general controls. In addition, an IT auditor intern will work on the audits of the state’s data centers and may be assigned to financial and compliance audit sections that relate to IT controls over work being performed.

An ideal candidate is working toward a degree or related coursework in the information technology area. Additional coursework or experience in the area of accounting is preferable, but not required. Strong candidates will also have solid academic performance and the skills to analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions. Other critical success factors include skills in working both independently and within a team setting, sound written and oral communication skills, as well as motivation and taking initiative.

Comments from Prior Interns

"During the course of my internship at the Legislative Audit Bureau, I worked on a few different audits with different teams. The Bureau audits state agencies including the Department of Transportation, Department of Children and Families, the Wisconsin Lottery, and the Department of Natural Resources. The work LAB does touches the lives of many people. Even as an intern, the work you do truly matters, and it is a great feeling. The work was interesting and rewarding, but the thing that impressed me the most were the people. Everyone you work with is extremely friendly and helpful. I asked a lot of questions, and every single question was happily answered. In just three short months you build a close relationship with your mentor and all your team members. I would highly recommend an internship at LAB!"

Alexandra, UW-La Crosse Bonnie Reese Legislative Intern Summer 2016

“My internship at the Legislative Audit Bureau was a very rewarding experience. I was pleasantly surprised by how much value my supervisors put into my work. The responsibility that I was given as an intern improved my written and oral communication skills, and many other skills immensely. These skills were improved by conducting interviews with auditees and writing procedural and testing workpapers on a daily basis. Also, the Audit Bureau encourages their employees to be knowledgeable about state government which I found very beneficial. Everyone at the Audit Bureau is willing to help interns succeed and have the best possible experience. I very much enjoyed my internship and would highly recommend an internship at the Audit Bureau!”

Mara, UW-La Crosse Summer 2015

“My internship with the Legislative Audit Bureau was an extremely insightful and professionally rewarding experience. Working at the Bureau has allowed me to learn about state government and the importance of proper oversight. My assignments were very interesting and I felt the work I completed was pertinent. A typical workday would usually entail conducting interviews, performing testing, and completing workpapers. My positive experience at the Bureau was enhanced by the culture. Everyone I worked with was extremely nice and more than willing to provide guidance. Overall, I would highly recommend an internship at LAB!”

Zachary, UW-Whitewater January 2014 to April 2014