Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission


Since 2003, Wisconsin’s biennial budget has increased 33 percent to over $62 billion. The Pew Center for the States has identified Wisconsin as a state in fiscal peril.

In part to address these issues, on January 3, 2011, Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order # 2, creating the Governor's Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse. The mission of the Commission is as follows:

  • To identify waste, fraud and abuse in state government programs and state appropriations and recommend solutions.
  • To obtain and review all budget documentation for each state agency, including detailed information regarding the appropriations and programs administered and the related personnel costs.
  • To advise the governor about the long and short-term impact of the Commission's recommendations on state appropriations, efforts to make government smaller and more efficient, and ongoing economic development initiatives.

"Right-sizing state government starts by identifying the areas where state government has not been a good steward of taxpayer dollars," said Governor Scott Walker.   "This commission is the first step in restoring the people's trust in their government."

Through this webpage, Governor Walker is also asking for suggestions from you.  In doing so, your suggestions could be discussed by the commission for inclusion in the final recommendations to the governor.

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