January 13, 2017

Contact: Sen. Robert Cowles: (608) 266-0484

Report Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement in State Government to Legislative Audit Bureau Hotline (1-877-FRAUD-17)

MADISON- Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its statutorily required Biennial Report (report 17-1) summarizing its work in 2015 and 2016. The report also highlights the activities of LAB’s Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement Hotline, which was established in April 2008 and provides the public, state employees, and contractors a way to confidentially report potential fraud, inefficiencies, abuse, and other improper activities in state agencies or programs.

"The LAB Hotline is an important tool to improve oversight of state government," said Representative Kerkman (R-Salem). "I encourage Wisconsin’s citizens with concerns about possible fraud, waste, or abuse in state government to report those concerns to the LAB Hotline."

From April 2008 through December 2016, almost 900 reports were made to the hotline. In 2015 and 2016, LAB received 185 hotline reports, 143 of which were specific to state agencies or programs. These reports involved a variety of topics, including agency mismanagement, improper oversight of state funds, and waste or inefficiency in state government.

"Guidance available on LAB’s website describes the type of information that is most helpful to provide when reporting a concern to the hotline," said Senator Cowles (R-Green Bay). "I hope that anyone who has observed fraud, waste, or mismanagement in state government will use this resource to report such concerns."

Individuals may report concerns related to state government activities to LAB by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-FRAUD-17, through a secure online reporting form available at, or by mail. By law, the identity of the individual making the report will remain confidential.

Copies of the Biennial Report (report 17-1) may be obtained from LAB’s website at or by calling (608) 266-2818.