Audit identifies several errors in bidding process for UW-Madison project | Higher




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University of Wisconsin System auditors identified a range of missteps in the bidding process for an information technology project at UW-Madison, including two perceived conflicts of interest and several violations of state procurement policy.

UW-Madison last year was looking for a vendor to start its Administrative Transformation Program, a massive effort to move the school’s administrative services, such as payroll, to a cloud-based system.

The university in late February canceled requests for all future bids just a few days before one of the losing vendors, Deloitte Consulting, alleged that two of its competitors, Huron and Accenture, helped craft part of the bid and were then selected for roughly $800,000 contracts despite Deloitte initially earning the highest score.

The audit, completed earlier this month and provided at the Wisconsin State Journal’s request, found no “direct evidence” of a conflict of interest but observed instances of what officials described as potential conflicts of interest. These include a vendor that conducted some “pre-planning work” before being selected for the bid and a UW-Madison employee who had a previous relationship with one of the vendors.



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