Department of Audit
The Department of Audit is responsible for auditing both the fiscal and operational concerns of Milwaukee County. The department acts as the internal eyes and ears for the County Board of Supervisors and provides constant monitoring of County operations.
As an extension of the legislative branch of County Government, the department is responsible for reviewing all County Departments to verify that the policies and budget established by the County Board are being followed. A major role of the Department is to conduct performance audits.
Performance audits examine departmental procedures and administration to determine if programs are effectively, economically and efficiently operated. The department also performs internal control review and financial related audits. Audits can extend to agencies and companies that receive public tax money and provide service for Milwaukee County. When called upon, the department assists law enforcement agencies in their investigations by providing auditing expertise and supporting documentation.
The department contracts with an outside auditing firm on an annual basis to perform the audit of the County's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Single Audit of federal and state grants received by County Departments. The department functions as a liaison between County departments and the auditing firm while continuously monitoring progress of the audit.
Employees and the public with concerns about suspected fraud, waste and abuse can call the Audit Hotline, 93-FRAUD. Individuals may also write to the Milwaukee County Fraud Hot Line, 2711 West Wells Street, 9th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53208. Hotline callers can remain anonymous.
Jerome Heer, Director - 278-4206
The division of Intergovernmental Relations represents Milwaukee County at state and federal levels. Policy direction is provided by the Milwaukee County Board and the County Executive with regular oversight responsibility vested in the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. The division works closely with members of the County Board of Supervisors to enable Milwaukee County to be pro-active at the state and federal level.
Intergovernmental Relations continually communicates with the members of the Milwaukee legislative delegation in Madison and legislators throughout the state. The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) are critical resources to Intergovernmental Relations. Waterman & Associates, the County's lobbying team in Washington D.C., coordinates efforts on the national level.
The division works closely with other units of government throughout the metropolitan area and the entire region. The Seven County Southeast Regional organization, composed of County Board chairs, is another venue for regional cooperation as is the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council within the Milwaukee Metropolitan area.
Jamie Kuhn, Director - 278-4095
Patricia L. Yunk, Assistant Director - 278-4992
Community Business Development Partners
The Community Business Development Partners (CBDP) is responsible for administering the County's disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program. The CBDP ensures that DBE participation in procurement, public works and professional services contracts; goal setting for DBE participation; contractor/vendor good faith effort (GFE) procedures and procedures for findings of contractor non-compliance are adhered to by the County.