Office of the Inspector General

Date: MAR 12, 2002

To: Ellen Baese
Management Analysis and Audit Program Support Staff

Refer To:

Assistant Inspector General for Audit

Subject: Single Audit of the State of Wisconsin for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2000 (A-77-02-00010)

This report presents the Social Security Administration's (SSA) portion of the single audit of the State of Wisconsin for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2000. The Legislative Audit Bureau performed the audit. Results o(the desk review conducted by the Department of Education (DOE) have not been received. We will notify you when the results are received if DOE determines the audit did not meet Federal requirements.

For single audit purposes, the Office of Management and Budget assigns Federal programs a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number. SSA's Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs are identified by CFDA number 96. SSA is responsible for resolving single audit findings reported under this CFDA number.

The single audit reported that SSA might have reimbursed the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for client rehabilitation services based on incorrect administrative costs. The auditors were unable to determine how SSA's reimbursement amount was calculated because DVR did not retain the supporting documentation. The corrective action plan indicates that DVR considers the differences in the administrative costs used to calculate SSA's reimbursement amount as inmaterial. DVR agreed to retain supporting documentation for future calculations (See Appendix A).

We recommend that SSA verify the accuracy of the amount the Wisconsin DVR was reimbursed for SSA-related rehabilitation services and recover any unallowable amounts.

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Please send copies of the final Audit Clearance Document to Mark Bailey in Kansas City and Paul Wood in Baltimore. If you have questions contact Mark Bailey at (816) 936-5591.

Steven L. Schaeffer








JUNE 30, 2000

March 2002




We improve SSA programs and operations and protect them against fraud, waste, and abuse by conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations. We provide timely, useful, and reliable information and advice to Administration officials, the Congress, and the public.


The Inspector General Act created independent audit and investigative units, called the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The mission of the OIG, as spelled out in the Act, is to:

Conduct and supervise independent and objective audits and investigations relating to agency programs and operations.

Promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency within the agency.

Prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in agency programs and operations.

Review and make recommendations regarding existing and proposed legislation and regulations relating to agency programs and operations.

Keep the agency head and the Congress fully and currently informed of problems in agency programs and operations.

To ensure objectivity, the IG Act empowers the IG with:

Independence to determine what reviews to perform.

Access to all information necessary for the reviews.

Authority to publish findings and recommendations based on the reviews.


By conducting independent and objective audits, investigations, and evaluations, we are agents of positive change striving for continuous improvement in the Social Security Administration's programs, operations, and management and in our own office.

Appendix A

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Appendix A

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Finding WI-00-13: Rehabilitation Services Administration Report

DWD is required to prepare the Rehabilitation Services Administraion-2 (RSA-2) report, which is an annual report that details program costs for the Vocational Rehabilitation program. This report is completed by staff in DVR and includes total program expenditures, case count infomration for specific categories of services, and expenditure infomration for each category. Case counts are obtained from DVR's client monitoring system and DWD's accounting system.

This report is important because the administrative expenditure information is used to calculate a monthly administrative cost per client. The federal government used this per client cost to determine the amount of social security reimbursement funds to pay the State. These funds are in addition to the Vocational Rehabilitation grant and are dependent upon the number of clients receiving federal Social Security--Disability Insurance (catalog #96.001) or Supplemental Security Income payments who have been successfully rehabilitated by the Vocational Rahabilitation program.

We attempted to review the preparation of the FFY 1998-99 RSA-2 report, filed in February 2000. However, because DVR's staff did not retain documentation to support adjustments they made to information reported on the client monitoring system and DWD's accounting system, we were unable to determine if the amounts reported in the RSA-2 report and used to calculate the monthly cost per client for social security reimbursement are accurate. DVR staff told us that they did not retain the supporting documentation because it took up too much storage space.

DWD reported $26,306,651 in administrative cost on the FFY 1998-99 RSA-2 report. This same amount was used in the formula to calulate the monthly cost per client for social security reimbursement purposes. To assess the reasonableness of this amount, we obtained supporting documentation used to prepare the FFY 1998-99 Financial Status Report (FSR) for the quarter ended September 30, 1999. This supporting documentation was prepared from information obtained from the accounting system and represents actual expenditures and unliquidated obligations at that date. This documentation indicated that administrative expenditures and unliquidated obligations recorded on the accounting system for FFY 1998-99 totaled $24,981,817, which is $1,324,834 less than the amount reported in the RSA-2 report. Based on discussions with staff, the variance is most likely the result of adjustments related to additional unliquidated obligations.

We recommend the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation verify the accuracy of the FFY 1998-99 Rehabilitation Services Administration-2 report and file an amended report, if necessary. In addition, we recommend the Department maintain documentation to support the Rehabilitation Services Administration-2 report in the future.

Questioned Costs: Rehabilitation Services--Vocational Rehabilitation Grants to States (catalog #84.126, award #H126A90074) and Social Security--Disability Insurance (catalog #96.001); Reporting = Undetermined.

DWD Response and Corrective Action Plan: DWD agrees. The DWD data warehouse was used to recreate the administrative costs reported on the FFY 1998-99 RSA-2 report and was within 0.5 percent of the number originally reported. Due to the immateriality of this difference, DWD believes it is not necessary to reissue the RSA-2 report. For futher reports, supporting documentation used for preparation will be retained.

Finding WI-00-14: Excess Federal Reimbursements under the
Child Support Enforcement Program

The Child Support Enforcement program (catalog #93.563) is administred on a statewide basis by the Bureau of Child Support in DWD's Division of Workforce Solutions. The objectives of the Child Support Enforcement program are to: 1) establish paternity; 2) locate absent parents; 3) enforce support obligations owed by noncustodial parents; and 4) obtain child and spousal support. DWE maintains the Kids Information Data System (KIDS), the statewide support computer system. Case information, collections, and adjustments are entered on KIDS, and KIDS determines the amount of support to be distributed to the families or to be held by the State as reimbursement for current or prior public assistance received by the families.

The federal government generally reimburses the State for 66 percent of the costs incurred in administering the Child Support Enforcement program. Non-federal funding souces must apy for 34 percent of program administration costs. Typically, DWD accounts for the federal and non-federal matching expenditures. DWD receives federal reimbursement for amounts charged to federal accounts through the State's cash management system.

DWD contracted with the UW-Madison Institure for Research on Poverty (IRP) under the WIsconsin Works Child Support Waiver Demonstrtion Evaluation contract for research projects. Under the terms of the five-year contract, IRP is to provide 23 percent of the funding, DWD is to provide 11 percent of the funding, and the federal government is to provide 66 percent of the funding. However, these funding percentages vary for specific portions of the contract and for various time periods covered by the contract.

We recommend the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development adjust the accounting records and return $17,218 in excess federal reimbursements to the federal government.

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