MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Thursday it has accepted and is currently reviewing a report by the Legislative Audit Bureau concerning placements and expenditures involved in placing sex offenders on supervised release in the community.

“The report illustrates the auditors understanding and appreciation of a very complex and difficult process, and we find the recommendations in the report to be both thoughtful and creative,” DHS Deputy Secretary Kevin Moore said in a release.

Moore said the department is appreciative of the professionalism and thoroughness of the LAB Program Evaluation Staff as it conducted the audit and developed the report.

The audit was approved in March, 2013 by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and DHS staff has worked closely with LAB staff during the process, according to the release.

“Protecting our families and our children remains the top priority for the department so we welcome recommendations that will protect Wisconsin taxpayers while ensuring the safety of state residents,” Moore said.