Jauch chairs fraud, abuse panelState Senator Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, has been appointed senate chair of a Legislative Council Study Committee to review fraud and abuse in public assistance programs. Jauch had requested the establishment of the committee to provide oversight and make recommendations to improve state efforts to identify and curb fraud and abuse.
State Senator Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, has been appointed senate chair of a Legislative Council Study Committee to review fraud and abuse in public assistance programs. Jauch had requested the establishment of the committee to provide oversight and make recommendations to improve state efforts to identify and curb fraud and abuse.
Jauch said the Committee will build upon the numerous fraud and abuse reforms which were adopted during the past legislative session that have been successful in saving millions of dollars in the Wisconsin Shares program.
“During the past year we responded thoughtfully and decisively to implement principled reforms to improve integrity and restore public confidence in programs that provide services for children and families,” he said. “This study committee has the chance to gauge the success of our existing programs and advance new ideas to strengthen state oversight and save taxpayer dollars.
“Fraud and abuse is a serious problem that demands an aggressive response. An unfortunate reality is that while most citizens are responsible there are always a percentage of bad actors who will find ways to scam the system and steal from taxpayers. We have an obligation to offer these important safety net programs but we have an equal responsibility to work with local officials and others to weed out the illegal activity as well as do what we can to prevent fraud and abuse from happening in the first place,” Jauch said.
Jauch said that Wisconsin state government has many established quality oversight programs that do a good job identifying bad actors who steal from taxpayers, “but it is critical that we provide even greater oversight to assure transparency and renew public confidence in these programs.”
The northern lawmaker emphasized that he expects the committee to recommend additional spending to increase the number of personnel dedicated to identifying fraudulent behavior.
“Our goal is to strengthen the integrity of these valuable programs by conducting a thoughtful review of existing programs, identify those that are effective and recommend meaningful and lasting improvements that can be adopted into law,” Jauch said.
The Legislative Study Committee membership consists of Republican and Democratic legislators from both houses as well as public membership from across the state.