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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

The state government: administrative branch,   pp. [323]-484 PDF (46.9 MB)

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State Auditor: J. JAY KELIHER.
Sapervisor of Departmental Audits: L. J. CARPENTER.
Sitpervisor of Municipal Audits: R. S. MALLOW.
Office: State Office Building, Madison.
Publications: Biennial report; report on annual audit of state's
     central accounting records; statements of recommendations
     submitted in audit reports on state government operations; bul-
     letins on public debt; bulletins on governmental receipts and
  The Wisconsin Department of State Audit was created in 1947
to serve the financial interest of taxpayers by conducting independ-
ent post-audits and submitting factual, public reports on state
government operations. It is a professional auditing agency which
must of necessity be independent of the executive branch of govern-
ment. In addition to its operations at the state level, the depart-
ment provides auditing and other technical accounting services for
local units of government upon request.
  The director of this department, who is State Auditor, is appointed
by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a term
of 6 years. He may be removed by the Governor with the consent
of a majority of the members of the senate. The State Auditor is
required by statute to be a holder of the certificate of a certified
public accountant.
  It is now generally acknowledged throughout the nation that
taxpayers - the stockholders in government - must have the protec-
tion of independent audits and reports on government operations.
The Wisconsin legislature recognized its obligation to our taxpayers,
and was one of the leaders in establishing a state post-audit agency
on a sound basis.
A. Specific Tasks of the State Auditor Related to the State
  1. At least once each biennium he conducts a post-audit of all
     state revenues and expenditures in respect to each state depart-
   2. Reports specific instances of illegal or improper expenditures.
   3. Submits recommendations for improvement and efficiency in
     accounting procedures.
  4. At least once a year and at such other times as the Governor
     or legislature may direct, makes an examination to determine
     that all money belonging to the several state funds is in the
     vaults of the treasury or in the several state depositories.
   5. Annually audits financial records and transactions of the State
     Treasurer and accounts for the cash, bonds and other securities
     belonging to all public funds on deposit in the State Treasury.
   6. Annually audits the state's central accounting records.
   7. Makes special examinations of the accounts and financial trans-

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