State audit finds $1.1M in COVID spending errors

Federal relief money saved a lot of jobs in Wisconsin, but not everything was spent correctly.

MADISON, Wis. — A newly-released audit from Wisconsin’s non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau found state agencies had incorrectly allocated about $1.1 million in federal COVID funds through June of last year, according to the report.

Most of the issues came from misunderstandings of federal guidance, and have since been corrected or reallocated. In total, the audit reviewed more than $16 billion in federal aid spending over the 2019-2020 fiscal year ending in June 2020. Wisconsin spent about $3.4 billion in federal assistance related to the pandemic in the final few months of the fiscal year; auditors found errors in how agencies handled about $1.1 million.

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