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.

Performance Evaluation Director

Overview

The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking a critical-thinking Performance Evaluator Director to join our team. This position will report to the State Auditor and represent the Bureau in interactions with senior officials from across state government. The Legislative Audit Bureau is a nonpartisan service agency of the Wisconsin Legislature that is responsible for conducting performance evaluations and financial audits to ensure public accountability for state resources.

 

Primary Responsibilities


Leadership:

  • Collaborates with other senior leadership and State Auditor to develop and implement audit plans to meet the required audit objectives.
  • Manages work of team leaders, establish expectations, and assess performance.
  • Meets frequently with evaluation teams to review analyses, plan additional evaluation work, and develop tentative conclusions for further consideration.
  • Performs quality assurance procedures through selected review of documentation.
  • Participates in staff development and assists in recruiting additional staff.
  • Effectively balances staffing resources to meet deadlines.


Audit Operations:

  • Prepares plans to meet requirements of assigned audits.
  • Develops appropriate and thorough analyses.
  • Monitors each evaluation to ensure quality and completeness of the evaluation work.
  • Prepares timely and accurate evaluation reports.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Leadership experience, including leading, motivating, and developing staff
  • Ten years of experience in the field of performance evaluation or related field
  • Knowledge of public policy analysis and methods of measuring program effectiveness and efficiency
  • Demonstrated experience in determining appropriate research strategies, planning and conducting complex performance evaluations, and leading others in performing these functions
  • Experience working effectively in a team setting to promote a positive, productive work environment
  • Critical thinking, analytical, multi-tasking, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Graduate or professional degree in an academic discipline emphasizing analytical skills or policy analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, standards, and applications of performance evaluation
  • Extensive understanding of government policies, budgets, management, and operations
  • Experience coaching, supervising, and training multi-disciplinary teams of evaluation professionals

 

Compensation


Compensation includes a competitive salary based on relevant professional experience. The State of Wisconsin also provides a comprehensive fringe benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement, and paid leave.

 

How to Apply


Individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a resume and statement of interest (one to two pages in length) that reflects your work and academic experience related to the position qualifications. Application materials should be sent to LAB‑Employment@legis.wisconsin.gov. Inquiries may be directed to Anne Sappenfield, Special Assistant to the State Auditor, at Anne.Sappenfield@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. Finalists will need to furnish copies of academic transcripts prior to an offer of employment.
 

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. Hear what four legislators said about the Bureau in 2016: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LAB/careers/join-our-team/.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Investigative Auditor

Overview

The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking a self-motivated Investigative Auditor to staff the Bureau’s Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement Hotline. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with strong investigative experience to support the mission of the Bureau. This individual will research, acquire, and verify information, will work closely with audit team members, and will work under the direction of an audit manager who is a certified fraud examiner.

The Bureau investigates allegations of fraud and other improper acts by state agencies, employees, and contractors. Persons contacting the Hotline may remain anonymous, and state law specifically requires the Bureau to protect callers' identities even when other information related to calls is made public.

 

Primary Responsibilities


Hotline Administration:

  • Facilitates the process of resolving allegations received through the Hotline.
  • Documents and tracks allegations made to the Hotline.
  • Obtains and evaluates information from numerous sources to investigate Hotline allegations.
  • Conducts interviews with state agency staff related to Hotline allegations.
  • Documents investigative process and conclusions for each allegation in accordance with Bureau policies and standards.
  • Communicates accurately and concisely the results of each investigation.


Analysis/Planning:

  • Prepares plans for the appropriate investigative steps to pursue related to each Hotline allegation.
  • Investigates multiple issues simultaneously.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other auditors and evaluators to leverage existing Bureau knowledge and resources for purposes of conducting an investigation.
  • Assesses the relevance of information obtained to resolve reported allegations. Efficiently identifies, understands, and defines the scope of the issues to be resolved in each allegation.
  • Is resourceful and utilizes critical-thinking skills, adaptive skills, healthy skepticism, and high ethical integrity in supporting the Bureau’s investigative function.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of professional experience assessing compliance with laws, regulations, and other applicable standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with interviewing and investigative techniques, including those involving potential fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Research experience that demonstrates the skills to obtain information that is not readily available.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Credentialed as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Experience as an auditor.
  • Solid knowledge of state government programs.

 

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.

 

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.

Inquiries may be directed to Beth Koerber, Human Resources Administrator, at Beth.Koerber@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.

 

Data Management Specialist

Overview

The Legislative Audit Bureau is seeking a self-motivated Data Management Specialist to contribute to audits of state agencies and programs by acquiring and verifying relevant data. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with strong data analysis experience to support the mission of the Bureau. The position will work collaboratively with auditors, evaluators, IT staff, and will report to the IT Team Leader.

 

Primary Responsibilities


Analysis/Planning:

  • Communicates effectively with audit teams to understand data needs.
  • Obtains and validates large complex sets of data from various sources. Efficiently identifies, reconciles, understands, and resolves any issues.
  • Accurately obtains requested data.
  • Utilizes critical-thinking skills to support functional analysis of data.
  • Applies data-mining techniques to large, unstructured data sets.
  • Considers and researches new tools and methods to accomplish objectives to receive and analyze data.


Coaching/Training:

  • Monitors and evaluates updates and changes to the State’s PeopleSoft systems in order to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and information to audit teams.
  • Provides guidance to Bureau staff in using analytic tools for their audit work and independently conducts analytic tool research.
  • Coaches and trains Bureau staff on the capabilities of analysis software tools and how to effectively use these tools.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Formal education in computer science or a related field or the equivalent professional experience to effectively execute the duties upon hire.
  • At least three years’ experience with data extraction, cleansing, and transformation.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft Query Manager or other enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and/or experience managing data using Oracle or SQL Server.
  • Solid knowledge of database structures, software, statistical and data mining software.
  • Experience with transforming data to a usable format.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with advanced features of software packages, such as Microsoft Excel/Access, STATA, and ACL.

 

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.

 

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.

How to Apply


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

Inquiries may be directed to Beth Koerber, Human Resources Administrator, at Beth.Koerber@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.

 

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