UW-Madison settles federal research dispute for $1.5 million

WKOW 27 | March 22, 2019

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials have decided to settle allegations they overcharged the federal government for research projects for $1.5 million. According to U.S. Office of Management and Budget principles, universities that receive federal research dollars must agree to credit savings from discounts and rebates on purchases for their projects against the awards. According to federal prosecutors in Madison, the university generated rebates and discounts with supply and equipment vendors but didn’t credit the savings to the federal awards, amounting to overcharging the federal government.

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The Colorado Judicial Department administers adult and juvenile probation in the state’s 22 judicial districts. This includes 23 probation departments with over 60 separate probation locations throughout the state. The Division of Probation Services develops and publishes guidelines and standards for regular probation supervision and all intensive probation programs. Within the limits of statute and these state standards, each district is free to develop and structure programs that address the needs of the local court and the community. In all districts, offenders are assessed for risk and need factors. Based on these assessments, those placed on regular probation are put on minimum, medium or maximum supervision. The number of adult offenders sentenced to state probation in FY 2015 was 35,136 and on June 30, 2015 there were 49,886 adult offenders on regular supervision. In FY 2015, 63 percent of adults completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 1,251 adult offenders were sentenced to an intensive program and 8,996 were sentenced to private probation supervision. In Fiscal Year 2015, 3,279 juveniles were sentenced to probation and on June 30, 2015 there were 3,769 juveniles on supervision. In FY 2015, 70 percent of these juveniles completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 172 juveniles were sentenced to Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP) in FY2015.

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The Colorado Judicial Department administers adult and juvenile probation in the state’s 22 judicial districts. This includes 23 probation departments with over 60 separate probation locations throughout the state. The Division of Probation Services develops and publishes guidelines and standards for regular probation supervision and all intensive probation programs. Within the limits of statute and these state standards, each district is free to develop and structure programs that address the needs of the local court and the community. In all districts, offenders are assessed for risk and need factors. Based on these assessments, those placed on regular probation are put on minimum, medium or maximum supervision. The number of adult offenders sentenced to state probation in FY 2015 was 35,136 and on June 30, 2015 there were 49,886 adult offenders on regular supervision. In FY 2015, 63 percent of adults completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 1,251 adult offenders were sentenced to an intensive program and 8,996 were sentenced to private probation supervision. In Fiscal Year 2015, 3,279 juveniles were sentenced to probation and on June 30, 2015 there were 3,769 juveniles on supervision. In FY 2015, 70 percent of these juveniles completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 172 juveniles were sentenced to Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP) in FY2015.

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