November 26, 2014

GAB will be subject of audit

An audit of the state’s elections agency is in the works. Joint Audit Committee co-chair, state Senator Rob Cowles of Green Bay, says while there’s “nothing burning” at the Government Accountability Board, many people have requested an audit.

“There have been a number of complaints of the GAB, from a variety of sources,” said Cowles. “So let’s take a look at it.”

Cowles said those who’ve suggested the audit include former state Auditor Jan Mueller, who retired two years ago. He and audit committee co-chair, Representative Samantha Kerkman, said this will be a thorough audit, likely lasting several months likely lasting several months.

“Do I know for sure that there’s any problem over there? No. It will be a major audit. It’ll take four or five months. And then we’ll know,” said Cowles. The GAB oversees state elections and lobbying activities at the Capitol. The full audit committee is expected to vote on whether to authorize the audit at its April 24th meeting. Cowles said he expects it will be approved.