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Local state lawmaker wants closer review of UW's Human Resource System

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State Senator Rob Cowles (R-Allouez)
State Senator Rob Cowles (R-Allouez)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state senator wants to take a closer look at the UW’s new Human Resource System.

That’s after the Legislative Audit Bureau found that the university overpaid $33 million in employee health and retirement benefits in the last fiscal year.

Joint Audit Committee co-chair Rob Cowles of Green Bay said the audit raised concerns about a lack of monitoring and oversight for the UW’s fringe benefit payments. Cowles said it reflects a, “recurring trend of fiscal mis-management by the UW System.”

But university spokesman David Giroux said the problems have already been resolved. He said UW staffers identified the overpayments, and have adopted new procedures to prevent similar problems in the future.

The complex Human Resource System started operating almost two years ago, and Giroux said the errors took place during what he called a “period of stabilization” for the system.

The audit showed that the UW overpaid $15.5 million for health coverage, including $8 million for over 900 employees who had been fired. The UW was only able to recover $228,000 of the premiums for the fired workers.

The overpayments to the state retirement system were credited back to the university. 

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