16 pages have the tag Audit

    Where’s My Ride?

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2014/where-s-my-ride/
    Summary: “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.”
    Body: “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.” Some time ago residents in Black River Falls shared with me their complaints about non-emergency medica...
    /news/columns/2014/audit-reminds-us-retirement-funds-bear-careful-watching/
    Summary: More than one out of ten Wisconsinites participates in the Wisconsin’s Retirement System either as a current or former state or local government employee.
    Body: “What’s going on with the state retirement system?” the retired woman asked me. She’d started a business but needed retirement income to keep things going. “Wisconsin’s system is the best funded in the country,” I told her. “But we’ve got to caref...
    /news/columns/2014/wedc-new-audit-raises-more-questions/
    Summary: The big question, did the agency successfully assist businesses in creating jobs, was not addressed in this audit. A companion audit last year reported there was no verification of claims of tens of thousands of jobs created.
    Body: “I’m really uncomfortable with all these questions,” Linda told me. We were discussing the most recent audit of the state’s job creation agency: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC is a quasi-private entity formed by the gover...
    /news/columns/2014/legislative-committees-play-key-oversight-role-regardless-of-season/
    Summary: “Will you be in Madison? I heard the Legislature went home,” the Buffalo County man asked. “I hope you are still watching over what’s happening down there.”
    Body: “Will you be in Madison? I heard the Legislature went home,” the Buffalo County man asked. “I hope you are still watching over what’s happening down there.” People want their elected officials to oversee state government. Lawmakers play a key sta...
    /news/columns/2015/transportation-spending-it-s-time-for-a-comprehensive-audit/
    Summary: “Senate leader on budget deal: ‘I don’t know where we are at’” was the headline of a recent Associated Press story on the budget deal. The story went on to report there’s “no agreement yet on how to pay for transportation projects…”
    Body: “Senate leader on budget deal: ‘I don’t know where we are at’” was the headline of a recent Associated Press story on the budget deal. The story went on to report there’s “no agreement yet on how to pay for transportation projects…” While the Sen...
    /news/columns/2015/lab-fraud-hotline-working-to-stop-waste-abuse-and-mismanagement/
    Summary: “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.”
    Body:   “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.” The disabled folks from Black River Falls who called me were on to something. They described probl...
    /news/columns/2015/kicking-controls-out-the-window/
    Summary: No UW oversight by LAB a Recipe for Corruption The motion effectively throws Wisconsin taxpayer controls out the window for a significant portion of the state budget.
    Body: “Suspend current law…requiring the Legislative Audit Bureau to conduct an annual financial audit of the UW System. Instead, require the UW System to contract with an independent accounting firm,” read the motion introduced by Senator Harsdorf and...
    /news/columns/2015/audit-bureau-turns-50-receives-national-recognition-and-calls-for-its-demise/
    Summary: For fifty years, auditors at the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) have assisted legislators and the people of Wisconsin in answering questions about dollars spent. Questions like, “Did we get our money’s worth out of that program?”
    Body: “Fix the broken programs, get rid of the ones that don’t work and fund those that are working.” There’s not a state candidate around that would disagree with this statement. Yet there are some in the Legislature that would eliminate the very sour...
    /news/columns/2016/audit-to-investigate-king-veterans-home/
    Summary: “There used to be a real nice coffee shop. But they turned it into vending machines,” David Wedde told the Joint Committee on Audit. To many it might seem like an insignificant thing but it was not just a coffee shop. It was a symbol of comrader...
    Body:   Audit to Investigate King Veterans Home “There used to be a real nice coffee shop. But they turned it into vending machines,” David Wedde told the Joint Committee on Audit. To many it might seem like an insignificant thing but it was not just...
    /news/columns/2016/legislative-audit-bureau-celebrates-50-years-of-service/
    Summary: “Happy Birthday!” I told eighty auditors and other legislative leaders at a recent Capitol gathering. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently celebrated 50 years of service to the people of the State of Wisconsin.
    Body:   September 14, 2016   Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service “Happy Birthday!” I told eighty auditors and other legislative leaders at a recent Capitol gathering. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently celebr...
    /news/columns/2016/audit-raises-questions-about-clean-water-protection/
    Summary: We all drink water. We expect the water to be clean when it comes out of the facet. We also expect that someone is looking over the safety of our water.
    Body: Audit Raises Questions About Clean Water Protection We all drink water. We expect the water to be clean when it comes out of the facet. We also expect that someone is looking over the safety of our water. Residents in Kewaunee County wonder mo...
    /news/columns/2016/spending-the-weekend-watching-game-film/
    Summary: Watching the film – or in this case reading the audit – I learned about computer problems so great that the details, according to the LAB, “were too sensitive to communicate publicly.”
    Body: Spending the Weekend Watching Game Film When the game is over the coaches go into the film room to see where the breakdown was in play execution. The best game plan in the world is not any good if the team does not execute it. The “game film”...
    /news/columns/2017/audit-committee-focused-on-protecting-veterans-at-king/
    Summary: For 130 years, Wisconsin provided care for our aging veterans. Our state committed resources to build a beautiful campus on the Chain O’ Lakes. Known as the Veterans Home at King, the home gives veterans and their families a picturesque retirement.
    Body: Audit Committee Focused on Protecting Veterans’ Care at King For 130 years, Wisconsin provided care for our aging veterans. Our state committed resources to build a beautiful campus on the Chain O’ Lakes. Known as the Veterans Home at King, the h...
    /news/columns/2017/audit-wedc-cannot-be-certain-of-any-jobs-created-or-retained/
    Summary: Our state spends a great deal of money on economic development. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is responsible for overseeing much of the taxpayer money that goes to job creation.
    Body: AUDIT: WEDC Cannot Be Certain of Any Jobs Created or Retained Our state spends a great deal of money on economic development. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is responsible for overseeing much of the taxpayer money that goes...
    /news/columns/2017/audit-hearing-highlights-problems-and-way-forward-with-transportation/
    Summary: “Deputies are trying to figure out what caused a bridge on a rural road west of Arcadia to collapse.” The WEAU-TV story broke the same morning as a recent Legislative Audit Committee hearing on the State Highways Program.
    Body:   Audit Hearing Highlights Problems and Way Forward with Transportation “Deputies are trying to figure out what caused a bridge on a rural road west of Arcadia to collapse.” The WEAU-TV story broke the same morning as a recent Legislative Audit...
    /news/columns/2017/audits-raise-cautions-about-pension-fund-management/
    Summary: “GOOD NEWS” read the text with a short article about how our pension funds grew 8.5%. My friend forwarded the article with a cryptic note, “apparently the lies keep working.”
    Body:   Audits Raise Cautions about Pension Fund Management “GOOD NEWS” read the text with a short article about how our pension funds grew 8.5%. My friend forwarded the article with a cryptic note, “apparently the lies keep working.” In what seems t...