The Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget (OPIB) provides budgeting, policy and research services to the Department.
Programs and Services within the Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget
The Budget Section with program staff to prepare the Department’s biennial budget proposal. A budget proposal includes:
- Requested funding
- Statutory language changes
- Description of budget items proposed by the Department
An analysis of the fiscal, policy and programmatic effects within the proposed budget.
OPIB responds to questions and requests from the State Budget Office and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau for additional information and analysis on proposed budgets.
The Budget Section prepares recommendations of gubernatorial vetoes. They assist in developing Department policy and program initiatives. They also monitor and assist in resolving operating budget problems with the Divisions and Offices and prepare fiscal notes on legislation proposed by the Department.
The Policy and Research Section provides leadership and support to advance strategic Department initiatives, working across divisions, with other state agencies, and alongside
Policy Research and Analysis
Policy and research analysts provide timely research and analysis to inform decisions about Department priorities, exploring solutions to pressing issues that impact Wisconsin residents.
The Policy and Research Section supports the Secretary's Office to develop and implement initiatives that are cross-divisional, inter-agency, or involve external stakeholders. Analysts identify potential connections between disparate programs to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
Policy and research analysts identify evidence-based solutions to pressing issues, then work with division staff to design and implement these data-driven approaches. Staff also lead, support, and incorporate best practices to improve the quality and effectiveness of existing programs.
The Policy and Research Section manages the process for submitting the Department's mandated reports. The Department processes approximately 30 mandated reports on either an annual or biennial basis. The Section also responds to Legislative inquiries as requested.
Office of Policy Initiatives and BudgetPO Box 7850
Madison, WI 53707-7850