Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Legislative Audit Process in Wisconsin (USF Case Study in the Making?)

1.  Request to Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
2.  Committee directs the Legislative Audit Bureau to conduct an audit.  (Decided on a case-by-case basis.)
3.  Legislative Audit Bureau conducts audit.
4.  Report submitted to committee.
5.  Committee conducts public hearings.
6.  Committee introduces legislation, if it chooses to do so.

[Highlights added.]
to chairs of Joint Legislative Audit Committee
(2, 5, 6)  Joint Legislative Audit Committee
From the State of Wisconsin website:    The Joint Legislative Audit Committee was created by Chapter 224, Laws of Wisconsin 1975. Its membership consists of the co-chairpersons of the Joint Committee on Finance, two other majority and two minority party senators, and two other majority and two minority party representatives.

The Committee has advisory responsibilities for the Legislative Audit Bureau.
  • Directs the Audit Bureau to conduct audits and evaluations
  • Receives and reviews reports issued by the Bureau
  • Conducts hearings on Audit Bureau reports
  • Introduces legislation pertaining to Audit Bureau recommendations. 

Current members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee

(3, 4)
Agency information

The Legislative Audit Bureau is a non-partisan 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 
  • 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.

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