The Internal Audit Section within the Office of Inspector General for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) performs independent, objective assurance and consulting activities designed to add value and improve DHS operations. It helps DHS accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate the effectiveness of risk management, internal control, and governance processes. Internal Audit does not assume any operational or program responsibility.
The internal audit function may:
- Conduct internal audits of department programs, operations and systems.
- Assess the effectiveness of the design and execution of the system of internal controls and risk management processes.
- Perform periodic risk assessments and report risk exposures and control issues.
- Investigate crime, misconduct, and/or mismanagement by a DHS employee, grantee, or contractor.
- Evaluate information technology (IT) systems, services and controls to ensure compliance, adequate security and privacy.
- Provide technical assistance, consulting and advisory services related to security issues, governance, proper internal controls and risk management.
- Serve as an in-house test engine, independent of the area being audited, subject to authoritative standards and reporting the results to management so that the overall performance of the agency can be improved.
In addition, the Internal Audit Section has responsibilities related to audits of agencies that are external to DHS and that are required to have independent audits as a condition of grants or contracts.
These responsibilities include:
- Collect and review audit reports to assess whether the audits meet the applicable audit standards and whether the audit reports show issues of concern to DHS.
- Provide technical assistance on audit topics to department staff, grantees, contractors, and independent auditors.
- Update and maintain instructions to independent auditors to apply when auditing DHS funding.