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13.94(1)(br)3. 3. The bureau shall at all times before an investigation of a report received under subd. 1. is completed keep confidential the report and investigation and any information arising from the investigation, except as necessary to conduct the investigation.
13.94(1)(c) (c) At the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, audit the central accounting records of the department of administration. A detailed report of such audit shall be filed as provided by par. (b), and copies shall be provided to each member or member-elect of the legislature and shall be available in limited number to the public. The bureau shall also prepare a summary of such audit report, for distribution in the same manner as the Wisconsin Blue Book under s. 35.84.
13.94(1)(dc) (dc) At least once every 5 years, contract for the performance of an actuarial audit of the Wisconsin retirement system. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of each audit report under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1)(dd) (dd) Annually, conduct a financial audit of the department of employee trust funds, to include financial statements and an evaluation of accounting controls and accounting records maintained by the department for individual participants and employers. Within 30 days after completion of such audit the bureau shall file with the governor, the legislative reference bureau, the department of administration and the department of employee trust funds a detailed report thereof, including specific instances, if any, of illegal or improper transactions.
13.94(1)(de) (de) At least once every 3 years, perform a financial audit of the state life insurance fund, the local government property insurance fund, and the injured patients and families compensation fund.
13.94(1)(df) (df) Annually, perform a financial audit of the investment board, including an assessment of the fair presentation of the financial statements and an evaluation of the internal control structure of the board. As part of the financial audit, the bureau shall identify certain statutes and policies and guidelines adopted by the board and shall determine the extent of compliance by the board with the statutes, policies and guidelines. Biennially, the bureau shall conduct a performance evaluation audit of the investment board that includes an audit of the board's policies and management practices.
13.94(1)(dg) (dg) At the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, perform a financial audit of expenditures made under the grants for dental services under s. 250.10.
13.94(1)(dh) (dh) Annually, conduct a financial audit of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan under subch. II of ch. 149 and file copies of each audit report under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b).
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (dh) is repealed eff. 1-1-15 by 2013 Wis. Act 20.
13.94(1)(dL) (dL) Annually, conduct a financial audit of the governor's read to lead development fund. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of the report of the audit under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1)(dm) (dm) At the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, perform a financial audit of the state fair park board and of any private corporation with which the board contracts under s. 42.01 (4) (b).
13.94(1)(dp) (dp) In addition to any other audit to be performed under this section relating to veterans homes, perform one or more financial audits of the operation of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls by any private entity with which the department of veterans affairs enters into an agreement under s. 45.50 (2m) (c). The audit shall be performed at such time as the governor or legislature directs.
13.94(1)(dr) (dr) Biennially, beginning in 2013, conduct a financial audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and a program evaluation audit of the economic development programs administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation under ch. 238. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of each audit report under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1)(e) (e) Make such special examinations of the accounts and financial transactions of any department, agency or officer as the governor, legislature, joint legislative audit committee or joint committee on legislative organization directs. If the governor directs that such an examination be conducted, the order from the governor shall provide for reimbursement of the legislative audit bureau's costs in making the examination from the appropriation under s. 20.525 (1) (a). No order from the governor for an examination under this paragraph may take precedence over an examination already scheduled by the legislative audit bureau without approval of the joint legislative audit committee. Examinations of the accounts and transactions of a county, city, village, town or school district may be performed only as authorized in par. (m).
13.94(1)(eg) (eg) At the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, conduct a performance evaluation audit of the division of gaming in the department of administration. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of each audit report under this paragraph with the department of justice and with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1)(em) (em) Annually conduct a financial audit of the state lottery, and, to the extent of the department of revenue's participation, of any multijurisdictional lotteries in which the state participates under ch. 565, and at the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, conduct a performance audit of the state lottery and, to the extent of the department of revenue's participation, of those multijurisdictional lotteries, as provided in s. 565.37 (1). The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of each audit report under this paragraph with the department of justice and with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1)(h) (h) Disseminate information concerning department accounting, auditing and fiscal matters.
13.94(1)(i) (i) Prepare a statement of recommendations submitted in each audit report pertaining to department operations, which statement shall be available to any person upon request.
13.94(1)(j) (j) Prepare a biennial report of its activities, including recommendations for efficiency and economy in the expenditure of appropriations made by the legislature. The bureau shall file the report with the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) at the beginning of each regular session and with the governor and department of administration no later than January 15 of each odd-numbered year.
13.94(1)(L) (L) Monitor and review purchases and purchasing procedures of departments and, at the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, report to the joint legislative audit committee concerning the extent to which departments purchase materials, supplies, or equipment manufactured outside of the United States.
13.94(1)(m) (m) Audit the records of any county, city, village, town or school district at the direction of the joint legislative audit committee. The committee may direct an audit of a county department under s. 46.215 at any time. The committee may not direct more than 3 other audits of counties, cities, villages, towns or school districts in any calendar year.
13.94(1)(mg) (mg) No later than January 1, 2017, and biennially thereafter, perform a financial and performance evaluation audit of the Milwaukee County mental health board and of mental health functions, programs, and services in Milwaukee County including a review of the effectiveness of the Milwaukee County mental health board and new policies implemented under that board in providing mental health services, a review of the expenditures of the Milwaukee County mental health board, a review of Milwaukee County's expenditures for mental health functions, programs, and services and the outcomes of those programs and services in the period after the formation of the Milwaukee County mental health board. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of the audit report under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b) and the Milwaukee County executive and the Milwaukee County board of supervisors. The audit under this paragraph does not count toward the limit of audits of a county in a calendar year in par. (m).
13.94(1)(ms) (ms) No later than July 1, 2014, prepare a financial and performance evaluation audit of the economic development tax benefit program under ss. 238.301 to 238.306. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of the report of the audit under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1)(t) (t) Annually conduct a financial audit of the University of Wisconsin System. The legislative audit bureau shall file a copy of each audit report under this paragraph with the distributees specified in par. (b).
13.94(1m) (1m)Independent experts. The legislative audit bureau may contract for the services of such independent professional or technical experts as deemed necessary to carry out the statutory duties and functions of the bureau within the limits of the amount provided under s. 20.765 (3) (c) and, in the case of postaudits involving the performance and program accomplishments of a department, shall contract for the services of such subject matter and program specialists from any state or federal agency or public institution of higher learning as deemed necessary by the joint committee on legislative organization.
13.94(1s) (1s)Authorized charges.
13.94(1s)(a)(a) Except as otherwise provided in par. (c), the legislative audit bureau may charge any department for the reasonable cost of auditing services performed at the request of a department or at the request of the federal government that the bureau is not required to perform under sub. (1) (b) or (c) or any other law. This paragraph does not apply to counties, cities, villages, towns, or school districts.
13.94(1s)(b) (b) The legislative audit bureau may charge the department of revenue for the reasonable costs of an audit performed under sub. (1) (em) and for verification of the odds of winning a lottery game under s. 565.37 (5).
13.94(1s)(bm) (bm) The legislative audit bureau may charge the department of administration for the cost of an audit performed under sub. (1) (eg).
13.94(1s)(c) (c) The legislative audit bureau shall charge the following entities for the following audits:
13.94(1s)(c)1. 1. The department of employee trust funds for the cost of the audits required to be performed under sub. (1) (dc) and (dd).
13.94(1s)(c)2. 2. The office of the commissioner of insurance for the cost of the audit required to be performed under sub. (1) (de).
13.94(1s)(c)3. 3. The investment board for the cost of any audit required to be performed under sub. (1) (df).
13.94(1s)(c)4. 4. The Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority for the cost of the audit under sub. (1) (dh).
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 4. is repealed eff. 1-1-15 by 2013 Wis. Act 20.
13.94(1s)(c)5. 5. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the cost of the audit required to be performed under sub. (1) (dr).
13.94(1s)(c)6. 6. The department of administration for the cost of the audit under sub. (1) (dL).
13.94(1s)(c)7. 7. The state fair park board for the cost of an audit performed under sub. (1) (dm).
13.94(1s)(c)8. 8. The University of Wisconsin System for the cost of an audit performed under sub. (1) (t).
13.94(2) (2)State auditor, qualifications. To be eligible for appointment as state auditor a person shall have training equivalent to that represented by graduation from a college or university with work in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, program evaluation, business management or such other subjects as are determined by the joint committee on legislative organization to be appropriate.
13.94(3) (3)Duties of the state auditor. The state auditor shall:
13.94(3)(a) (a) Direct the immediate operations of the bureau.
13.94(3)(b) (b) Employ, supervise and train, outside the classified service, a deputy state auditor and other personnel assigned to the state auditor.
13.94(3)(c) (c) Supervise all expenditures of the bureau.
13.94(3)(d) (d) Execute such directions and requests as may be given by the joint committee on legislative organization pursuant to its statutory responsibility.
13.94(3)(e) (e) Subject to the approval of the joint committee on legislative organization, attend such midwest and national meetings as will benefit the operation of the bureau.
13.94(4) (4)Scope of authority.
13.94(4)(a)(a) In this section, "department" means:
13.94(4)(a)1. 1. Every state department, board, examining board, affiliated credentialing board, commission, independent agency, council or office in the executive branch of state government; all bodies created by the legislature in the legislative or judicial branch of state government; any public body corporate and politic created by the legislature including specifically the Fox River Navigational System Authority, the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a professional baseball park district, a local professional football stadium district, a local cultural arts district and a long-term care district under s. 46.2895; every Wisconsin works agency under subch. III of ch. 49; every provider of medical assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49; technical college district boards; every county department under s. 51.42 or 51.437; every nonprofit corporation or cooperative or unincorporated cooperative association to which moneys are specifically appropriated by state law; and every corporation, institution, association or other organization which receives more than 50% of its annual budget from appropriations made by state law, including subgrantee or subcontractor recipients of such funds.
13.94(4)(a)2. 2. Any foundation, corporation or partnership created by an entity specified under subd. 1.
13.94(4)(a)3. 3. Any county, city, village, town or school district.
13.94(4)(a)5. 5. A local service agency as defined in s. 106.20 (1) (d).
13.94(4)(a)6. 6. Any local exposition district under subch. II of ch. 229.
13.94(4)(b) (b) In performing audits of long-term care districts under s. 46.2895, Wisconsin works agencies under subch. III of ch. 49, providers of medical assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49, corporations, institutions, associations, or other organizations, and their subgrantees or subcontractors, the legislative audit bureau shall audit only the records and operations of such providers and organizations which pertain to the receipt, disbursement or other handling of appropriations made by state law.
13.94(4)(c) (c) In performing audits of a county department under s. 46.215, the legislative audit bureau may include program, fiscal, compliance and management elements in the audit and the audit may be directed toward any of the following:
13.94(4)(c)1. 1. Examination of procedures for applying for and receiving grants and services administered by the county department under s. 46.215.
13.94(4)(c)2. 2. A general examination of the efficiency and effectiveness with which programs are administered by the county department under s. 46.215.
13.94(4)(c)3. 3. A measurement of how effectively the goals and objectives of programs are being met by the county department under s. 46.215, including a determination of whether the county department has considered alternatives which might yield the desired results at a lower cost.
13.94(4)(c)4. 4. An examination of whether financial operations are properly conducted, whether the financial and accounting reports of the county department under s. 46.215 are fairly presented and whether the county department has complied with applicable laws, rules and regulations of the state and federal governments governing the programs under its administration.
13.94(5) (5)Treatment of classified employees. Notwithstanding sub. (3) (b), those individuals holding positions in the classified service at the legislative audit bureau who achieved permanent status in class on July 31, 1981, shall retain, while serving in the unclassified service in the legislative audit bureau, those protections afforded employees in the classified service under ss. 230.34 (1) (a) and 230.44 (1) (c) relating to demotion, suspension, discharge or layoff, except that the applicability of any reduction in base pay of such an employee shall be determined on the basis of the base pay received by the employee on July 31, 1981, plus the total amount of any subsequent general economic increases approved by the joint committee on employment relations for nonrepresented employees in the classified service. Such employees shall also have reinstatement privileges to the classified service as provided under s. 230.33 (1). Employees of the legislative audit bureau holding positions in the classified service on July 3l, 1981, who have not achieved permanent status in class in any position in the legislative audit bureau on that date are eligible to receive the protections and privileges preserved under this subsection if they successfully complete the probationary period required for the position which they hold.
13.94(8) (8)County and municipal best practices reviews.
13.94(8)(a)(a) In this subsection, "municipality" means a city, village or town.
13.94(8)(b) (b) The state auditor shall undertake periodic reviews to:
13.94(8)(b)1. 1. Examine the procedures and practices used by counties and municipalities to deliver governmental services.
13.94(8)(b)2. 2. Determine the methods of governmental service delivery.
13.94(8)(b)3. 3. Identify variations in costs and effectiveness of such services between counties and municipalities.
13.94(8)(b)4. 4. Recommend practices to save money or provide more effective service delivery.
13.94(8)(c) (c) The state auditor shall determine the frequency, scope and subject of any reviews conducted under par. (b).
13.94(8)(d) (d) To assist the state auditor with the selection of county and municipal practices to be reviewed by the auditor, the auditor shall establish an advisory council consisting of the following members appointed by the auditor:
13.94(8)(d)1. 1. Two members chosen from among 6 names submitted by the Wisconsin Counties Association.
13.94(8)(d)2. 2. One member chosen from among 3 names submitted by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
13.94(8)(d)4. 4. One member chosen from among 3 names submitted by the Wisconsin Towns Association.
13.94(8)(e) (e) The members of the council appointed under par. (d) shall serve without compensation.
13.94(10) (10)Financial status of certain professional sports districts. As promptly as possible following the end of each state fiscal biennium in which there are outstanding bonds or notes issued by a local professional baseball park district created under subch. III of ch. 229 that are subject to s. 229.74 (7) or by a local professional football stadium district created under subch. IV of ch. 229 that are subject to s. 229.830 (7), the legislative audit bureau shall submit a report to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance concerning the financial status of that district.
13.95 13.95 Legislative fiscal bureau. There is created a bureau to be known as the "Legislative Fiscal Bureau" headed by a director. The fiscal bureau shall be strictly nonpartisan and shall at all times observe the confidential nature of the research requests received by it; however, with the prior approval of the requester in each instance, the bureau may duplicate the results of its research for distribution. Subject to s. 230.35 (4) (a) and (f), the director or the director's designated employees shall at all times, with or without notice, have access to all state agencies, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority, the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and the Fox River Navigational System Authority, and to any books, records, or other documents maintained by such agencies or authorities and relating to their expenditures, revenues, operations, and structure.
Effective date note NOTE: This section is shown as amended eff. 1-1-15 by 2013 Wis. Act 20. Prior to 1-1-15 it reads:
Effective date text 13.95Legislative fiscal bureau. There is created a bureau to be known as the "Legislative Fiscal Bureau" headed by a director. The fiscal bureau shall be strictly nonpartisan and shall at all times observe the confidential nature of the research requests received by it; however, with the prior approval of the requester in each instance, the bureau may duplicate the results of its research for distribution. Subject to s. 230.35 (4) (a) and (f), the director or the director's designated employees shall at all times, with or without notice, have access to all state agencies, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority, the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority, the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and the Fox River Navigational System Authority, and to any books, records, or other documents maintained by such agencies or authorities and relating to their expenditures, revenues, operations, and structure.
13.95(1) (1)Duties of the bureau. The legislative fiscal bureau shall perform its services for the legislature objectively and impartially and to the limits of its facilities and staff. The bureau shall:
13.95(1)(a) (a) Develop, and make available to the legislature and its standing, procedural, special or statutory legislative committees, such fiscal information as will assist the legislature or any legislative committee in its deliberations. As part of its fiscal analysis activity, the bureau shall study, and may recommend alternatives to the legislature and to any legislative committee, concerning the following:
13.95(1)(a)1. 1. The state budget and its long-range implications for every state fund.
13.95(1)(a)2. 2. The revenues and expenditures of the state.
13.95(1)(b) (b) Perform fiscal and program analysis for the legislature and its appropriate committees.
13.95(1)(c) (c) Review existing and proposed programs and present such alternatives to the governor's recommended programs and budgets as will assist the legislature or its appropriate committees.
13.95(1)(d) (d) Review and evaluate requests for appropriations, including proposed plans and policies related to such requests, and make recommendations to the joint committee on finance and the legislature in relation thereto.
13.95(1)(e) (e) At the direction of the legislature or its appropriate committees, or on its own initiative, conduct such other studies and perform such other duties as the legislature, its committees and members may require in dealing with the financial affairs of the state.
13.95(1)(g) (g) In connection with the duties enumerated in this subsection, have access to any computerized databases of state agencies that are required to aid the bureau in the performance of its duties, except that any statutory requirements regarding privacy of individuals' records shall be observed in providing such access.
13.95(1m) (1m)Duties of the bureau; biennial budget bill.
13.95(1m)(a)(a) In this subsection, "version of the biennial budget bill or bills" means the executive biennial budget bill or bills, as modified by an amendment offered by the joint committee on finance, as engrossed by the first house, as concurred in and amended by the 2nd house or as nonconcurred in by the 2nd house, or as reported by any committee on conference.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)