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. The Bureau always accepts resumes and letters of interest even when no recruitment is active. If interested, please send materials to LAB-Employment@legis.wisconsin.gov. The Bureau is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

IT Audit Manager

Overview
The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking a self-motivated IT Audit Manager to lead the Bureau’s IT audit work. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with strong technical IT skills to assess and monitor major information systems and platforms implemented by the State of Wisconsin. You will lead an existing team of IT auditors and influence the overall scope and depth of IT audit work. The IT Audit Manager serves within the Financial Audit (FA) Division and reports to the Financial Audit Directors.

Primary Responsibilities
Leadership:
  • Collaborate with the Financial Audit Directors to develop and implement audit plans to meet the required audit objectives
  • Manage work of IT audit staff, establish expectations, and assess performance
  • Consider emerging IT audit standards and incorporate changes into audit work
  • Develop audit staff and assist in recruiting additional IT audit staff
  • Communicate the focus of IT auditing in the Bureau with the objective of having a shared commitment to IT auditing
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders and peers within the IT audit community (e.g. State CIO, IT Directors Council, National State Auditors Association)
Audit Operations:
  • Manage audits of statewide data center operations and major state agency general and application internal controls; work with team leaders and staff auditors
  • Assess risks for each audit through a risk assessment process and modify the audit scope based on the results
  • Manage the scope of IT audit work, resolve barriers to audit progress, provide technical and audit support to audit team members, and complete audit work within approved timelines
  • Develop audit findings and recommendations based on audit results; communicate findings to non-technical audiences
  • Consult on technical issues and questions as requested by Bureau staff
Minimum Qualifications
  • Leadership experience, including leading, motivating, and developing staff
  • Experience conducting IT audits or a combination of experience conducting financial audits and experience with IT internal controls, data centers, hardware, software, and applications for various IT platforms
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including skills needed to work collaboratively with all Bureau staff, and an ability to articulate complex technical issues to a non-technical audience
  • Knowledge of IT standards and IT auditing standards
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field or equivalent professional experience
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification or in active pursuit of the designation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, such as PeopleSoft
  • Experience conducting financial audits and /or IT audits of government entities
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license or in active pursuit of the designation
  • General knowledge of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Yellow Book Standards
More about the Legislative Audit Bureau
The Legislative Audit Bureau is a nonpartisan 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. For more information, visit http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LAB/.

Why work at the Legislative Audit Bureau
Working at the Bureau provides an opportunity to make a difference. Your work will contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of state government operations. In addition, professional development is a focal point at the Bureau. We strive to foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement. We also promote a healthy balance between your personal and professional life and offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

More about Life in Madison, Wisconsin
Our office is located in vibrant downtown Madison, a unique and exciting city in south-central Wisconsin. Madison’s many restaurants ensure you will be able to find an eatery to suit any appetite. Madison’s many museums, galleries, fairs, and festivals ensure there is always something interesting to do and see. Sports and outdoor enthusiasts will benefit from access to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s athletic events and countless opportunities for year-round pursuits, including biking, running, boating, golfing, and cross-country skiing. Madison regularly ranks high as one of the most livable cities in the country. To learn more about the Madison area, go to www.visitmadison.com.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to LAB-Employment@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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.

 

Bureau Assistant

Overview
The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking a customer service oriented professional to join our team as a Bureau Assistant. The Bureau Assistant provides organizational support to all Bureau staff. This position is also responsible for the effective and efficient operations of the front desk and has responsibilities that support other Bureau functions. The responsibilities of this position require the proper treatment of confidential and sensitive information. The Bureau Assistant position reports to the Special Assistant to the State Auditor.

Responsibilities
General Office Support:
  • Serve as the face of the Bureau to visitors and guests, including providing excellent customer service both in person and over the phone
  • Provide administrative support, including copying or formatting documents, proofreading documents, sorting and distributing mail, ordering business cards, and filing and organizing documents
  • Ensure effective and efficient front desk operations, including opening and closing the office and ensuring office supplies are stocked
  • Assist in the planning and execution of meetings and events
  • Set up access to state buildings for staff
  • Coordinate photo identification cards for new staff
  • Maintain key inventory and issue desk keys to staff
  • Maintain and update in-house databases and systems
  • Produce monthly newsletter
  • Design other internal communications as needed
Audit Report and Design Support:
  • Assist in the report distribution process including ensuring reports are distributed electronically in a timely and accurate manner
  • Assist in making PDF documents
  • Proofread reports and related documents, format and deformat reports and documents
Human Resources Administration Support:
  • Update systems for new hires, benefit changes, and schedule changes
  • Schedule interviews and greets candidates
  • Assist in preparing materials or other record-keeping tasks
Financial Administration Support:
  • Process invoices for payment, request checks, and pay Bureau’s bills
  • Process receivables
  • Reconcile purchases
  • Monitor pending travel expense reports, provide reminders as needed, and review travel expenditures
Candidate Qualifications
An ideal candidate has:
  • Experience providing a positive, warm, and professional image in person and on the telephone
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Adaptability and experience in effectively multi-tasking and balancing priorities
  • Strong organizational skills
Preferred candidates have:
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign
Hours:
Hours for this position are approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

More about the Legislative Audit Bureau
The Legislative Audit Bureau is a nonpartisan 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. For more information, visit http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LAB/.

Why work at the Legislative Audit Bureau
Working at the Bureau provides an opportunity to make a difference. Your work will contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of state government operations. In addition, professional development is a focal point at the Bureau. We strive to foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement. We also promote a healthy balance between your personal and professional life and offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

How To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Meredith.Karklus@legis.wisconsin.gov. Candidates that apply by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5 will be given first preference.

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.

 

Financial Auditor Position

Overview
The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking entry-level and 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; and
  • 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. Candidates with additional audit or accounting experiences may also be more involved in making recommendations for weaknesses or errors detected, researching and applying relevant accounting and auditing standards, and leading the work of other team members and/or supervising audit projects.

Candidate Qualifications
An ideal entry-level candidate has:

  • a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting (or will soon attain) 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.

In addition to the qualifications for an entry-level candidate, an ideal experienced candidate will also have:

  • 2 to 5 years of auditing or accounting experience;
  • knowledge of AICPA auditing standards (experience in auditing governmental entities is a plus);
  • knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) (experience in applying to government entities a plus);
  • strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • strong organizational and time management skills; and
  • managed multiple projects and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

Successful candidates are highly motivated, take initiative, and seek challenging opportunities. Experience with PeopleSoft software is a plus.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to LAB-Employment@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Questions on these positions should be directed to Meredith Karklus, Human Resources Administrator, at Meredith.Karklus@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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.

 

IT Auditor Position

Overview
The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking entry-level and experienced IT 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
An IT Auditor will work on the 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • interviewing agency staff;
  • assessing IT risks that may affect the financial statements or federal grant programs;
  • testing application and general IT controls;
  • using analytical tools to evaluate transactions; and
  • documenting relevant procedures and the results of audit testing.

Entry-level auditors work closely with an experienced team leader. All new auditors are assigned a mentor as they transition to the Bureau. Candidates with additional audit or accounting experiences may also be more involved in making recommendations for weaknesses or errors detected, researching and applying relevant accounting and auditing standards, and leading the work of other team members and/or supervising audit projects.

Candidate Qualifications
An ideal entry-level candidate has:

  • a degree or related coursework in the information technology area (additional coursework or experience in the area of accounting is preferable, but not required);
  • interest in pursuing the CISA designation;
  • 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.

In addition to the qualifications for an entry-level candidate, an ideal experienced candidate will also have:

  • 2 to 5 years of auditing experience;
  • knowledge of AICPA auditing standards;
  • knowledge of IT standards and IT auditing standards;
  • strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • managed multiple projects and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

Successful candidates are highly motivated, take initiative, and seek challenging opportunities. Experience with PeopleSoft software is a plus.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to LAB-Employment@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Questions on these positions should be directed to Meredith Karklus, Human Resources Administrator, at Meredith.Karklus@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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