UW System president 'embarrassed' by overpayments

CREATED Jan. 13, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The president of the University of Wisconsin System says he's embarrassed by a recent audit finding the system overpaid for health insurance premiums and pension contributions by nearly $33 million over the last two years.
  
A Wisconsin State Journal report says President Kevin Reilly has promised to hire an independent auditor to figure out what went wrong.
  
The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Thursday outlining the overpayments.
  
The UW System recovered all $17.5 million in overpaid pension contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement System in 2011. But so far only $2.4 million of the $15.4 million in overpayments on employee health insurance premiums has been recouped.
  
Reilly says officials will identify how and why the errors occurred, and make sure they don't happen again.