The Governor recently announced the creation of a new Office of the Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health Services (DHS). This new office will focus on consolidating DHS public assistance programs and improving integrity and fraud prevention efforts. The goal is to improve communication and coordination as well as streamline efforts to ensure that taxpayers’ money is used appropriately.
DHS is responsible for many of the state’s public assistance programs, including FoodShare, SeniorCare and Medicaid. Every public assistance program has individual integrity and anti-fraud efforts. The OIG will consolidate these individual efforts under one office and report their findings directly to the DHS Secretary. The new OIG Director will be Alan White, who served as Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Program Integrity for 13 years.