The Legislative Audit Bureau supports the Legislature in its oversight of Wisconsin government and its promotion of efficient and effective state operations by providing nonpartisan, independent, accurate, and timely audits and evaluations of public finances and the management of public programs.
2007 Wisconsin Act 126 created a fraud, waste, and mismanagement hotline at the Bureau. This hotline allows the public and individuals within state government to report suspected fraud and other improper acts by state agencies, employees, and contractors.
Other major financial audit responsibilities include:
- conducting annual financial audits of state agencies and programs, including the University of Wisconsin System, the Department of Employee Trust Funds, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and the Wisconsin Lottery;
- conducting annual financial audits of the pension systems of the County of Milwaukee and the City of Milwaukee;
- biennially conducting a financial audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and a management audit of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board;
- auditing the State Life Insurance Fund and the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund at least every three years;
- verifying the odds of winning a lottery game; and
- annually certifying the State’s net indebtedness.
Major performance evaluation responsibilities include:
- reviewing the performance and program accomplishments of state agencies at the direction of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee;
- independently initiating a review of program performance when problem areas have been identified; and
- periodically conducting best practice reviews of local units of government.
Joe Chrisman, State Auditor
Legislative Audit Bureau
22 East Mifflin Street, Suite 500
Madison, Wisconsin 53703