Allegations That the Milwaukee Indian Health Board Mismanaged Federal Funds

HRD-79-83: Published: May 21, 1979. Publicly Released: May 21, 1979.

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An investigation was conducted of the Milwaukee Indian Health Board. The allegations included the mismanagement of federal funds in salary increases and bonuses, a consulting fee paid, a reduction in grant aid, and overall poor management of funds.

Increases in program budgets were verified with the growth of the organization. Many local administrators of programs or organizations with budgets comparable to that of the Board received salaries larger than the executive director of the Milwaukee Indian Health Board. According to an Indian Health Service project officer, the bonuses paid to the executive director were attempts to keep him from accepting other job offers. The personnel files of the 55 persons employed by the Board were reviewed to determine if the Board employees had received salary increases comparable to those of the executive director. According to the allegation, the Board's funding had been reduced partly because of mismanagement. However, the funding reduction referred to involves a grant award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services for maternal and child health services. During 1978, the Board was audited by an independent certified public accountant and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services and evaluated in program or technical reviews. None of the reviews disclosed mismanagement.

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