Legislators Call For Hearing On U of Wisconsin Human Resources System

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A legislative committee will hold a hearing next week as part of a probe of the University of Wisconsin System's human resources practices after learning of the universities' overpayments of nearly $33 million for health insurance premiums and another $17.5 million to the state retirement system.

An audit released last week by the state's nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau revealed the overpayments, prompting the leaders of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to call for a more comprehensive review of the UW's new human resources system.

A UW System spokesman said last week that the UW System staff discovered the problems and officials already had crafted new procedures to prevent future overpayments.

"The UW System should be held accountable for problems in its management of its human resource system," Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) said Tuesday in a joint statement with committee co-chair Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Allouez). "To protect the taxpayers' dollars going forward, it is imperative that the committee direct LAB to determine whether any additional problems exist in the new system."

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