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Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 49 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 24 Counties

HARRISBURG (July 31, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 49 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Adams, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Columbia, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Warren, Washington and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Districts in Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Lawrence and Northumberland Counties

HARRISBURG (July 31, 2014)-Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for school districts in Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Lawrence and Northumberland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in 16 Counties

HARRISBURG (July 24, 2014)-Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Erie, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Schuylkill, Warren and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP’s Ability to Oversee Industry, Protect Water Quality
DEP unprepared in 2009; now understaffed, underfunded and inconsistent


HARRISBURG (July 22, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that a recent audit shows that the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry caught the Department of Environmental Protection unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints.

DEP Performance Report


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Delaware, McKean and Washington Counties

HARRISBURG (July 17, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for two school districts in Delaware and Washington counties and one intermediate unit in McKean County.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, McKean, Montgomery, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties

HARRISBURG (July 10, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 11 school districts in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties and two technical schools in Allegheny and McKean counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Gov. Corbett Should Have Vetoed Budget
Budget relies on one-time funding gimmicks creating over billion dollar deficit next year


HARRISBURG (July 10, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said Gov. Tom Corbett should have vetoed the entire 2014-15 budget because it is unsustainable and fails to improve schools. He issued the following statements:


Auditor General DePasquale Cuts Car Fleet by 65 Percent, Improves Travel Efficiency for Net Savings of More Than $750,000 Annually
Additional cost-cutting measures save another $564,000 annually


HARRISBURG (July 8, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today he saved taxpayers more than $750,000 by cutting the Department of the Auditor General’s vehicle fleet by more than 65 percent and improving travel efficiency, which increases his annual cost-cutting savings to more than $1.2 million.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 49 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 29 Counties

HARRISBURG (July 2, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 49 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in 14 Counties

HARRISBURG (July 2, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Cambria, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Schuylkill, Washington and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Districts in Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Lehigh and Snyder Counties

HARRISBURG (July 2, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for school districts in Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Lehigh and Snyder counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Allegheny, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Erie, Indiana, Franklin, Mercer, Montgomery and Washington Counties

HARRISBURG (June 26, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for school districts in Allegheny, Chester, Crawford, Erie, Indiana, Franklin, Mercer, Montgomery and Washington counties and one charter school in Centre County.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in 11 Counties

HARRISBURG (June 26, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans Beaver, Berks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Luzerne, Montgomery and Northumberland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 50 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 30 Counties

HARRISBURG (June 26, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 50 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Northampton, Northumberland, Somerset, Susquehanna, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Student Education in Peril Because of ‘Extreme Dysfunction’ in Susquehanna Township School District
Calls for immediate action by board and administration to get back to mission of education


HARRISBURG (June 26, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that without greatly improved board and administration cooperation, teamwork and civility at the Susquehanna Township School District in Dauphin County, the education of the district’s students is at tremendous risk.

Susquehanna Township School District Report


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Report on City of Washington Employee Pension Plans

WASHINGTON, PA (June 25, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued an audit report raising concerns about the long-term financial stability of the City of Washington’s comprehensive municipal pension trust fund.

City of Washington Pension Plan Audit
Municipal Pension Special Report


Auditor General DePasquale Finds DPW Put Benefits on 138 ACCESS Cards Associated with Social Security Numbers of Deceased People
Notes additional systemic problems with EBT card security, other possibly fraudulent activity


HARRISBURG (June 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued an interim audit report to the Department of Public Welfare calling for immediate action after finding more than $200,000 in benefits were provided to 138 electronic benefit transfer (EBT/ACCESS) cards related to Social Security Numbers of deceased individuals.

Department of Public Welfare's Interim Report of Significant Matters


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Allegheny, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties

HARRISBURG (June 20, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for school districts in Allegheny, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Warns Pennsylvania’s Horse Racing Industry in Jeopardy Due to Diversion of Funds, Declining Revenue
Millions of dollars intended for regulation, oversight of racing industry funneled to other purposes


HARRISBURG (June 18, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today the future of Pennsylvania’s billion dollar horse racing industry is in trouble and risks a catastrophic shutdown if measures are not taken to increase revenue and stop a diversion of racing funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.

State Racing Fund Report


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in 20 Counties

HARRISBURG (June 13, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Elk, Erie, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 42 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 25 Counties

HARRISBURG (June 12, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 42 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations Allegheny, Beaver, Bradford, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lebanon, McKean, Monroe, Montgomery, Northumberland, Pike, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Bradford, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lycoming, Mercer and Montgomery Counties

HARRISBURG (June 12, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for school districts in Bradford, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lycoming, Mercer and Montgomery counties.


Auditor General DePasquale to Audit PA State System of Higher Education
Calls for first system-wide comprehensive audit in modern history


HARRISBURG (June 10, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that his department will conduct the first modern day comprehensive performance audit to evaluate the effectiveness of operations and policies of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Nineteen Counties

HARRISBURG (June 6, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Adams, Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Chester, Clarion, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, McKean, Montgomery, Schuylkill, Tioga, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 45 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 23 Counties

HARRISBURG (June 5, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 45 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montgomery, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Carbon, Franklin, Lycoming, Washington, Wayne and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (June 5, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for school districts in Carbon, Franklin, Lycoming, Washington, Wayne counties and one career and technology center in Westmoreland County.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 41 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 23 Counties

HARRISBURG (May 29, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 41 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Union, Venango, Warren and Wayne counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Beaver, Bedford, Crawford, Fayette and Montgomery Counties

HARRISBURG (May 29, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for four school districts in Beaver, Bedford, Crawford and Montgomery counties and one Career and Technology Institute in Fayette County.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Cambria, Carbon, Columbia, Venango and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (May 22, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for four school districts in Cambria, Carbon, Columbia and Venango counties and one Career and Technology Center in Westmoreland County.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Gov. Corbett Fiscally Irresponsible If He Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Cost of appeal could hit hundreds of thousands of dollars that would be better spent on educating kids


HARRISBURG (May 21, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said it would be fiscally irresponsible for Gov. Tom Corbett to appeal yesterday’s landmark court ruling that permits same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania.


Auditor General DePasquale Applauds Judge’s Decision to End Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Pennsylvania
Hopes ruling stops legal discrimination based solely on sexual orientation


HARRISBURG (May 20, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today praised a federal judge’s decision declaring unconstitutional the ban on same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania as violating the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Districts in Allegheny, Clarion, Lebanon and Luzerne Counties

HARRISBURG (May 15, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for five school districts in Allegheny, Clarion, Lebanon and Luzerne counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 40 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 26 Counties

HARRISBURG (May 15, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 40 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mercer, Monroe, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Venango, Washington, Wayne and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Commends Gov. Corbett for Dropping Voter ID Appeal; Implores He Do Same with Marriage Equality Case
Urges curtailing spending tax dollars on outside legal fees as budget hole nears $1 billion


HARRISBURG (May 15, 2014)– As the state budget deficit grows, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today commended Gov. Corbett for dropping his costly appeal of the court decision on the Voter ID law and urged him to also drop his legal fight to maintain a ban on same-sex marriage.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Charter School Report, Recommends Creation of Independent Oversight Board
Makes recommendations to improve accountability, effectiveness, transparency


HARRISBURG (May 12, 2014) – Following up on a series of public meetings held earlier this year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued his report with recommendations to improve accountability, effectiveness and transparency of charter schools, including creating an independent statewide charter school oversight board.

Charter School Report


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 34 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 22 counties

HARRISBURG (May 9, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 34 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Clinton, Crawford, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Northampton, Perry, Somerset and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Districts in Armstrong, Lancaster, Montgomery and Schuylkill Counties

HARRISBURG (May 9, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for five school districts in Armstrong, Lancaster, Montgomery and Schuylkill counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Not Recognizing Legal Same-Sex Marriages Costs Pennsylvania Couples Dearly
Questions cost of using outside legal counsel to continue to reject legal marriages


HARRISBURG (May 8, 2014) – As arguments are expected to begin next week in a pivotal marriage equality court case, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today questioned the cost Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage restrictions are having on same-sex couples and the wisdom of wasting tax dollars on a legal fight to maintain the ban when the budget deficit is growing.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 33 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 17 counties

HARRISBURG (May 2, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 33 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mercer, Monroe, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Tioga, Warren, Washington and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Districts in Bradford, Indiana, Northampton, Tioga and Wayne Counties

HARRISBURG (May 2, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for five school districts in Bradford, Indiana, Northampton, Tioga and Wayne counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Re-Appointment of Terry Mutchler as Office of Open Records Executive Director

HARRISBURG (May 2, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released the following statement supporting the reappointment of Terry Mutchler as executive director of the state’s Office of Open Records:


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Nine Counties

HARRISBURG (May 2, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Berks, Butler, Cambria, Dauphin, Lawrence, Luzerne, Pike and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Nineteen Counties

HARRISBURG (April 25, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Venango and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 28 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 19 counties

HARRISBURG (April 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 28 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Carbon, Clarion, Columbia, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Perry, Somerset, Snyder, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Supports Two-State, Bipartisan Efforts to Reform the Delaware River Port Authority

CAMDEN, NJ (April 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that he supports a proposal by legislative leaders in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that will improve transparency, accountability and good governance at the Delaware River Port Authority.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for School Entities in Berks, Bucks, Centre, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Northumberland and Snyder Counties

HARRISBURG (April 17, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for seven school districts in Berks, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery and Snyder counties one intermediate unit in Northumberland County and two technical schools in Bucks and Centre counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Four Counties

HARRISBURG (April 17, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Berks, Bucks, Dauphin and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Six School Entities in Berks, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson, Lawrence and Luzerne Counties

HARRISBURG (April 11, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for one intermediate unit in Clearfield County, one vocational-technical school in Jefferson County, two technical centers in Lawrence and Luzerne counties, and two school districts in Berks and Clarion counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Begins Philadelphia School District Audit
Performance Audit to Cover School Years Ending 2009 through 2012


HARRISBURG (April 10, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that auditors began work this week on a performance audit of the School District of Philadelphia to examine the district’s efforts to provide a quality education to its students and appropriately use its taxpayer funds.


Auditor General DePasquale Appoints Alternate to Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners

HARRISBURG (April 10, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the appointment of former Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) commissioner John J. Dougherty Jr. as his designated alternate to the bi-state authority.


Auditor General DePasquale Praises Noticeable Improvements at Berks County Recorder of Deeds Office
Latest audit reveals no findings, new procedures implemented to prior shortcomings


HARRISBURG (April 3, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today a recently completed audit of the Recorder of Deeds Office in Berks County shows commendable improvements in addressing years of issues under a previous administration which included missing records, a lack of internal controls and misappropriated funds.

Audit Report


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 28 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 22 counties

HARRISBURG (April 3, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 28 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Berks, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Crawford, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Four School Entities in Armstrong, Berks, Dauphin and Mercer Counties

HARRISBURG (April 3, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for a technical center in Armstrong County and three school districts in Berks, Dauphin and Mercer counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School in Disarray
Issues his first-ever interim audit finding to identify immediate changes needed


HARRISBURG (March 31, 2014)– In an extremely rare action for his department, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released an interim audit finding of the Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School that indicates serious problems with school board oversight, the school’s academic performance, and its compliance with state laws and the school’s charter.


Auditor General DePasquale Criticizes School District’s Decision to Consider Eliminating Classes While Offering Free Tuition to Hockey Players

HARRISBURG (March 28, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today made the following statement about the Millcreek Township School District, Erie County, school board’s decision to consider eliminating Montessori classrooms while continuing an agreement to offer free tuition to ice hockey players:

Millcreek Township School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Five School Entities in Butler, Chester, Clearfield, Elk and Northumberland Counties

HARRISBURG (March 28, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for four school districts Butler, Chester, Clearfield, and Elk counties and one career and technology center in Northumberland County.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 29 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 25 Counties

HARRISBURG (March 27, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 29 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Clarion, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Delaware, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, McKean, Montgomery, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Tioga, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Nineteen Counties

HARRISBURG (March 27, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Clinton, Cumberland, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northumberland and Washington counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Audit of Port Authority of Allegheny County Shows Operations Improvement, Changes Needed in Procurement Procedures

PITTSBURGH (March 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said a recent audit of the Port Authority of Allegheny County shows that the transit agency has made significant improvements in its operations since the previous audit released in 2007 but must correct procurement and contracting problems.

Port Authority of Allegheny County Special Performance Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 16 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 11 Counties

HARRISBURG (March 20, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 16 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Bucks, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Washington and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Municipalities to Update Pension, Volunteer Firefighter Relief Association Information
Data due by March 31 will be used to determine amount of state aid


HARRISBURG (March 19, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged municipal officials to submit updated information for the state’s municipal pension system and volunteer firefighter relief association programs by March 31.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 20 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Butler, Clearfield, Erie, Franklin, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties

HARRISBURG (March 14, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 20 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Butler, Clearfield, Erie, Franklin, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Twenty-Two Counties

HARRISBURG (March 14, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Adams, Allegheny, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Clearfield, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Erie, Franklin, Lancaster, Luzerne, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Warren, Washington and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale to Audit Department of Health’s Management of Tobacco Settlement Funded CURE Research
First of several health care audits will look at five research facilities across Pennsylvania


PITTSBURGH (March 3, 2014) Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that his department will audit the way the state Department of Health oversees nearly a billion dollars of tobacco settlement funds used by health research facilities across the state.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Three School Districts

HARRISBURG (March 7, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Elk, Potter and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 10 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Allegheny, Bedford, Clearfield, Fayette, Lancaster, Lycoming, Washington and Westmoreland counties

HARRISBURG (March 6, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 10 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Bedford, Clearfield, Fayette, Lancaster, Lycoming, Washington and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Twenty-Six Counties

HARRISBURG (Mar. 6, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Tioga, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Sixteen School Entities

HARRISBURG (Feb. 28, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for sixteen school entities in Allegheny, Beaver, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Columbia, Erie, Forest, Fulton, Luzerne, Mercer, Susquehanna and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 14 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Crawford, Jefferson, Montgomery, Somerset, Snyder, Westmoreland and York counties

HARRISBURG (Feb. 27, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 14 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Crawford, Jefferson, Montgomery, Somerset, Snyder, Westmoreland and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Applauds Pittsburgh City School District Decision Ending Quest to Acquire Insolvent August Wilson Center

HARRISBURG (Feb. 27, 2014)— Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today praised a decision by the financially-struggling School District of Pittsburgh to stop pursuing plans to acquire the debt-ridden August Wilson Center for African American Culture.


Updated: Auditor General DePasquale Says Now is Time to Address $6.7 Billion Underfunded Municipal Pension Liability

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 26, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said a $6.7 billion underfunded municipal pension liability must be addressed before the long-ignored crisis cripples state and local taxpayers.

Municipal Pension Special Report


Auditor General DePasquale to Launch Performance Audit of Troubled Harrisburg City School District

HARRISBURG (Feb. 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that he will begin an audit of the Harrisburg City School District in March to determine if progress has been made to improve the district’s educational and financial performance.

Harrisburg City School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Says Steelton-Highspire School District Faces Serious Challenges Including $2.7 Million Budget Deficit, Continued Professional Certification Deficiencies
Audit is last of four school districts on Department of Education’s financial watch list


HARRISBURG (Feb. 21, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that a recent audit of Steelton-Highspire School District, Dauphin County, shows serious financial distress and continued professional employee certification problems that jeopardize learning.

Steelton-Highspire School District


Auditor General DePasquale, Treasurer McCord Mark Black History Month
Featured story of American Negro Baseball League player from Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG (Feb. 18, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and State Treasurer Rob McCord marked Black History Month with a celebration to recognize the accomplishments African Americans have made to our commonwealth and nation. This is the 18th consecutive year the two agencies have sponsored such a program.


Department of the Auditor General, Pennsylvania Treasury
Celebrate Black History Month with Feb. 18 Program


MEDIA ADVISORY (Feb. 14, 2014): The Department of the Auditor General and Pennsylvania Treasury’s Black History Month celebration will focus on the American Negro Baseball League featuring the story of Pennsylvania’s own Herbert “Rap” Dixon who was raised in Steelton. The outfielder was named by the Hall of Fame in 2006 as one of the 12 greatest Negro League outfielders of all time. Among his many accomplishments, five years before Jackie Robison’s major league debut, Dixon managed an integrated team of “Harrisburg Giants.”


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Twenty-Two Counties

HARRISBURG (Feb. 14, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Indiana, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Venango, Westmoreland and Wyoming counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 19 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Allegheny, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Delaware, Fayette, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Wayne and Wyoming counties

HARRISBURG (Feb. 13, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 19 volunteer firefighter relief associations in 15 counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Calls For Examination of Two Pension Plans in Munhall Borough, Allegheny County

HARRISBURG (Feb. 13, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today ordered auditors to examine the management of two municipal pension plans in Munhall Borough, Allegheny County, in light of recent news reports about the borough’s financial troubles.

Munhall Borough Pension Plan Audit
Munhall Borough Police Pension Plan Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Discusses Department's 2014-15 Funding Request with House, Senate Appropriations Committees
Outlines changes made to cut costs, improve department efficiency


HARRISBURG (Feb. 11, 2014) - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today discussed his department’s 2014-15 budget request with members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees during two hearings. Before taking questions from legislators, DePasquale provided an update on what his department accomplished in the past year.


Auditor General DePasquale Raises Questions about Viability of Pittsburgh School District Taking on Debt from August Wilson Center

HARRISBURG (Feb. 10, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today voiced major concerns about the prospect of the financially troubled School District of Pittsburgh taking over the bankrupt August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

School District of Pittsburgh Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits For Four School Entities in Carbon, Lycoming, Somerset and Westmoreland counties

HARRISBURG (Feb. 7, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for one school district and three career and technology centers/institutions in Carbon, Lycoming, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 16 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Columbia, Cumberland, Fayette, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Westmoreland counties

HARRISBURG (Feb. 6, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 16 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Columbia, Cumberland, Fayette, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Nine School Districts and Career/Technology Centers

HARRISBURG (Jan. 31, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for nine school districts and career/technology centers in Blair, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Northampton, Union, Westmoreland and Wyoming counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Northern Cambria School District to Resolve Conflict of Interest Issues, Improve Recordkeeping

HARRISBURG (Jan. 31 , 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that recent audits of the Northern Cambria School District revealed two instances of potential ethics act violations involving school board members and enrollment and transportation recordkeeping efforts that have cost the district more than $25,000.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 12 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Cumberland, Delaware, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and York counties

HARRISBURG (Jan. 30, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 12 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Cumberland, Delaware, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Adds Philadelphia Location to Public Meetings on Ways to Improve Charter Schools
Seeks to find ways to improve accountability, effectiveness, transparency


HARRISBURG (Jan. 28, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the addition of a location in Philadelphia to a series of public informational meetings to explore ways to improve accountability, effectiveness and transparency of charter schools.


Auditor General DePasquale to Launch Audit of School District of Pittsburgh to Identify, Improve Education in City

PITTSBURGH (Jan. 27, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he will begin an audit next month of the School District of Pittsburgh that could help the city design a blueprint for academic success and prevent financial collapse.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Gov. Corbett to End Spending to Defend Voter ID Law
Says any money used to defend the 2012 law takes away from important taxpayer issues


HARRISBURG (Jan. 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released the following statement urging Gov. Tom Corbett to accept the Commonwealth Court ruling on the 2012 Voter ID law:


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Cambria, Centre, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lycoming, Montgomery, Potter, Venango and Westmoreland counties

HARRISBURG (Jan. 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for nine volunteer firefighter relief associations in Cambria, Centre, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lycoming, Montgomery, Potter, Venango and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Twenty Counties

HARRISBURG (Jan. 24, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Pike and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Clears Audit Backlog, Increases Transparency for Audits of Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations
VFRA audit reports web postings will now be more accessible


HARRISBURG (Jan. 17, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his department has cleared a backlog of 400 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations as he announced the release of VFRA audits in Allegheny, Berks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Fayette and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Reading School District Cannot Overcome Its Monumental Problems Alone
Supports Berks County Intermediate Unit assisting floundering district


READING, Berks County (Jan. 17, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that without help, the Reading School District is likely to be taken over by the state Department of Education to address years of administrative turnover, declining academic performance, dwindling revenue, poor financial management and voids in leadership.

Reading School District Audit
Reading Follow-up Report


Auditor General DePasquale to Audit Department of Education
Calls for comprehensive examination of state’s oversight of schools


HARRISBURG (Jan. 16, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that his department will conduct a comprehensive performance audit to evaluate if the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has the structure, staff and resources to fulfill its oversight of schools.


Auditor General DePasquale Recognizes Accomplishments at Freire Charter School in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 16, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today praised the sound management practices of the Freire Charter School in Philadelphia during a visit to announce results of a performance audit.

Freire Charter School Audit Report


Auditor General DePasquale to Hold Public Meetings on Ways to Improve Charter Schools
Seeks to find ways to improve accountability, effectiveness, transparency


HARRISBURG (Jan. 15, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced a series of public informational meetings in late February and early March to explore ways to improve accountability, effectiveness and transparency of charter schools.

Auditor General DePasquale Calls for National Search for Next Head of Delaware River Port Authority
Gov. Christie Expected to Nominate Current CEO for NJ Superior Court


HARRISBURG (Jan. 13, 2014) – As a member of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to refrain from appointing a chief executive officer for the authority until a nationwide search is conducted.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Thirteen School Entities

HARRISBURG (Jan. 9, 2014) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three intermediate units in Lehigh, Lycoming and Schuylkill counties; two career/technology centers in Bradford and Schuylkill counties; and eight school districts in Allegheny, Cambria, Erie, Mercer, Northampton, Union, Venango and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Questions Paying Former Lehighton Area School District Superintendent to Sit at Home
Superintendent was considered full-time employee with no official duties


HARRISBURG (Jan. 7, 2014) — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of an audit that questions why the Lehighton Area School District, Carbon County, paid its superintendent to stay home with no official duties while it paid a consultant to run the district’s day-to-day operations.

Lehighton Area School District Audit Report


Auditor General DePasquale Applauds Decision to End Lottery Privatization Effort

HARRISBURG (Dec. 30, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today applauded Gov. Corbett’s decision today to abandon efforts to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery.


Auditor General DePasquale Critical of Missing Details on $8.7 million Transportation Costs in Greater Johnstown School District
Cost to Local Taxpayers to Cover Transportation Soared 266 Percent in Five Years


JOHNSTOWN, PA (Dec. 20, 2013)— Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today criticized the Greater Johnstown School District, Cambria County, for being unable to justify $8.7 million in transportation reimbursements received over 10 years.


Auditor General DePasquale Encourages DCNR to Adhere to Grant Process, Continue Improving Community Conservation Partnerships
Says $250,000 Grant was Improperly Awarded; Post-Project Completion Inspections Incomplete


HARRISBURG (Dec. 20, 2013)— Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released a report showing the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources mishandled a $250,000 grant and failed to ensure that post-project inspections were completed for more than 1,400 Land and Water Conservation Fund projects since 2008.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Five School Entities in Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Fulton and McKean Counties

HARRISBURG (Dec. 20, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for an intermediate unit in Blair County and four school districts in Allegheny, Berks, Fulton and McKean counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Questions Ineligible Pension Contributions to Former Superintendent at Camp Hill School District
Vacation Days Should not be Considered Toward Pension Contributions


HARRISBURG (Dec. 19, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today nearly $17,000 in payments for unused vacation days should be disqualified from pension calculations for the former superintendent in the Camp Hill School District, Cumberland County.


Auditor General DePasquale Calls for Increasing Minimum Wage to Help Boost State Economy
Increase Could Alleviate Some Pressure on Social Safety Net, State Budget


PITTSBURGH (Dec. 18, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania is the right thing to do for workers, the economy and the state budget.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Audit of Rochester Area School District Finds Troublesome Conflict of Interest
Superintendent Severance Agreement Cost Taxpayers More Than $146,000


HARRISBURG (Dec. 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said a recent audit of the Rochester Area School District, Beaver County, identified violations of the school code, a possible conflict of interest involving a former school board member, and a severance agreement with a former superintendent that cost taxpayers more than $146,000.

Rochester Area School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Says Aliquippa School District Faces Serious Financial Challenges Including a Nearly $1 million Deficit
District Placed on Department of Education’s Financial Watch List


HARRISBURG (Dec. 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that a recent audit of Aliquippa School District, Beaver County, shows that financial problems – some out of the district’s control – caused the district to spend much more than it budgeted for three of five school years from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

Aliquippa School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Twenty-Two Counties

HARRISBURG (Dec. 13, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Schuylkill, Washington and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Blair, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Potter and Schuylkill Counties

HARRISBURG (Dec. 13, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for seven school districts in Blair, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Potter and Schuylkill counties; and one intermediate unit in Northampton County.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges End to Spending on Lottery Privatization, Calls for Legislature or Governor to Act by Dec. 31
Contract Review Shows Costs Ballooned from $725,000 to $4.6 Million Without End in Sight


HARRISBURG (Dec. 12, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged the Governor or the General Assembly to take action by the end of this year to resolve Pennsylvania Lottery management privatization contract negotiations with British-owned Camelot Global Services Inc. The privatization initiative will cost taxpayers an estimated $4.6 million, or more than 11 percent of the Lottery’s annual operating budget.

Lottery Privatization Expenses


Auditor General DePasquale Visits Montgomery County Fire Academy to See How Volunteer Fire Relief Assn Funds Impact Emergency Services

CONSHOHOCKEN (Dec. 11, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today toured the state-of-the-art fire academy here to see first-hand how firefighters receive life-saving training, some of which is paid for with funds distributed through his office.


Auditor General DePasquale Announces Release of $320 million in Municipal Pension, Fire Relief Association Aid for All Counties

HARRISBURG (Dec. 10, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of $320 million in funds for municipal pension plans and volunteer fire relief associations in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Erie, Greene, Montgomery, Warren and York Counties

HARRISBURG (Dec. 5, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for six school districts in Erie, Greene, Montgomery, Warren and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Praises Debt Reduction Provisions in Transportation Bill Legislation doubles audits of Pennsylvania Turnpike operations

HARRISBURG (Nov. 22, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Delaware, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Northampton, Schuylkill, Somerset, Venango, Washington and Wyoming counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Eleven Counties

HARRISBURG (Nov. 22, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Delaware, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Northampton, Schuylkill, Somerset, Venango, Washington and Wyoming counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for Schools in Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (Nov. 21, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for eight school districts in Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Finds Poor Management, Risky Investments in Oley Valley School District

HARRISBURG (Nov. 20, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said a recent audit of the Oley Valley School District, Berks County, found $30,400 in excessive retirement benefits to a former assistant superintendent, and a risky investment which cost local taxpayers $6.5 million.


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Statement on Possible Sunshine Act, School Code Violations by School District of Philadelphia

HARRISBURG (Nov. 19, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released the following statement following media reports that the School District of Philadelphia hired dozens of employees – six of whom are paid salaries of $100,000 or more annually – without proper approvals of the School Reform Commission:


Auditor General DePasquale to Launch Audit of Pennsylvania’s Job Creation Programs

HARRISBURG (Nov. 19, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that in early December he will begin a performance audit of the Department of Community and Economic Development’s job creation programs.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Action on Transportation Funding Says Continued Delays will Cost Pennsylvanians Millions More

HARRISBURG (Nov. 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged state lawmakers and the governor to approve transportation funding that is desperately needed to fix Pennsylvania’s failing bridges, deteriorating roads and cash-strapped public transit systems throughout Pennsylvania.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Department of Public Welfare Mismanaged Home Care Worker Payroll Providers
Pay Delay Caused Undue Stress on Workers, People Receiving Care; Unnecessarily Costing Taxpayers Millions of Medicaid Dollars Per Year


HARRISBURG (Nov. 14, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said an audit of a Department of Public Welfare shows long-term mismanagement of home care worker payroll providers caused undue financial and emotional strain on tens of thousands of people. Thousands of workers had paychecks delayed for up to four months. Thousands of care recipients switched to a more expensive care model that is costing taxpayers at least $7 million annually.

Audit Report
Audit Summary
Messages from Pennsylvanians


Auditor General DePasquale Says Poor Decisions Prove Costly to Taxpayers in Two Lackawanna County School Districts

SCRANTON (Nov. 12, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that taxpayers in two Lackawanna County school districts spent a combined nearly $7.5 million due to risky investments, poor decisions and ineffective management.

Carbondale Area School District Audit Report
Scranton City School District Audit Report


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Eighteen Counties

HARRISBURG (Nov. 8, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Columbia, Delaware, Lancaster, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Venango, Warren, Washington and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Lackawanna and McKean Counties

HARRISBURG (Nov. 7, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Lackawanna and McKean counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Supports Delaying Sale of Former State-Owned Property to Private Developer in Chester County

HARRISBURG (Nov. 6, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that he supports delaying the sale of a property in Chester County until a further assessment is completed on a deed restriction placed on the land when it was originally sold by the state in 2002.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Allegheny, Clearfield, McKean and Somerset Counties

HARRISBURG (Nov. 1, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Allegheny, McKean and Somerset counties and one career and technology center in Clearfield County.


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Statement on Decision to Extend Lottery Privatization Contract with British Firm

HARRISBURG (Oct. 31, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released the following statement on the Corbett Administration’s decision to provide an eleventh extension on the contract with British-owned Camelot Global Services Inc. to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery management:


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Increasing Voter Awareness for Berks County Polling Place Moved from Kutztown University

HARRISBURG (Oct. 29, 2013)– One week before the election, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he wants Berks County officials to ensure every effort possible is made to improve awareness and access for voters accustomed to the polling place moved from the Kutztown University campus.


Auditor General DePasquale Will Scrutinize Payments of Lottery Funds Diverted to Firms Associated with Stalled Privatization Effort
Urges Governor to End Contract Extensions with British-Owned Camelot Global Services


HARRISBURG (Oct. 29, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released the following statement on the commonwealth’s diversion of more than $3.4 million to firms associated with the Corbett Administration’s effort to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery:


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Eighteen Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 28, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Cumberland, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lehigh, Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Somerset, Union, Warren, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Wants Better Oversight from Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

HARRISBURG (Oct. 25, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency should strengthen its monitoring of programs intended to help victims of crime.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Beaver, Elk, Erie and Lawrence Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 24, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Elk, Erie and Lawrence counties and one career and technology center in Beaver County.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Voter ID Ad Campaign Wastes $1 Million, Creates Confusion

HARRISBURG (Oct. 22, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released the following statement on the use of $1 million by the Pennsylvania Department of State to buy television advertisements promoting a voter identification law that is on hold until Commonwealth Court rules whether it is constitutional:


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Ten Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 18, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Clarion and Clearfield counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Allegheny, Beaver and Somerset Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 18, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for four school districts in Allegheny, Beaver and Somerset counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Questions Excessive Retirement Package in Upper Perkiomen School District

HARRISBURG (Oct. 16, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that the former superintendent at the Upper Perkiomen School District, Montgomery County, received a very generous retirement package, which included $112,962 in unused sick and vacation days and $115,720 for future health coverage.


Auditor General DePasquale Says ‘Perfect Storm’ Led to Pocono Mountain School District Financial Crisis

HARRISBURG (Oct. 11, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that a recent audit shows that despite cutting staff and closing three schools, the Pocono Mountain School District, Monroe County, continues to suffer serious financial problems.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Berks, Beaver, Clarion, Cumberland, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Mercer Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 10, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for six school districts in Berks, Beaver, Clarion, Cumberland, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Mercer counties and one intermediate unit in Lackawanna County.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Five Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 4, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Lancaster, Union and Wyoming counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Cumberland, Fayette and Lehigh Counties

HARRISBURG (Oct. 4, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Cumberland, Fayette and Lehigh counties.

Cumberland County - Carlisle Area School District
Fayette County - Laurel Highlands School District
Lehigh County - School District of the City of Allentown


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (Sept. 27, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for five school districts in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks and Westmoreland counties.

Adams County - Upper Adams School District
Allegheny County - Steel Valley School District
Beaver County - Blackhawk School District
Berks County - Boyertown Area School District
Westmoreland County - Southmoreland School District


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Thirteen Counties

HARRISBURG (Sept. 27, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal employee pension plans in Allegheny, Bradford, Butler, Chester, Cumberland, Erie, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, McKean, Washington, Warren and York counties.

Municipal Pension Audit Reports


Auditor General DePasquale Chastises Excessive Retirement Deal in Upper Darby School District

HARRISBURG (Sept. 23, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that taxpayers in the Upper Darby School District in Delaware County could needlessly pay more than $1 million for the former school superintendent’s generous retirement package.

Upper Darby School District


Auditor General DePasquale Promises to Dig Deeper into Susquehanna Township School District

HARRISBURG (Sept. 19, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his office will extend an audit of the Susquehanna Township School District to get to the bottom of current board activities.


Auditor General DePasquale Praises Kutztown U. for Efforts to Reduce Campus Energy Consumption

HARRISBURG (Sept. 17, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released a performance audit of Kutztown University, Berks County, showing that recently implemented campus energy conservation measures have saved more than $1.4 million over a two-year period through the use of a guaranteed energy savings contract.


Auditor General DePasquale Says ‘Best Practices’ Assistance from Department of Education May Help Financially, Academically Troubled School Districts Recent Audits Identify Continued, Severe Problems at Two Allegheny County School Districts

PITTSBURGH (Sept. 13, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that recent audits of Duquesne City and Sto-Rox school districts in Allegheny County clearly demonstrate that immediate management assistance from the Department of Education and other educational entities is needed to help stem the decline of these and other troubled school districts.

Duquense City School District
Sto-Rox School District


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Allegheny, Dauphin and Erie Counties

HARRISBURG (Sept. 12, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Allegheny, Dauphin and Erie counties.

Allegheny-Gateway School District
Dauphin-Derry Township School District
Erie-Fort LeBoeuf School District


Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Wants Better Oversight of Training at Department of Corrections Says Procedural Failures Could Place Inmates, Guards, Staff at Risk

HARRISBURG (Sept. 12, 2013)— Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that the Department of Corrections must do a better job assuring its prison employees are properly trained.

Department of Corrections Training Academy


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Fourteen Counties

HARRISBURG (Sept. 6, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Armstrong, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Sullivan and Warren counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Mercer County Career Center Must Correct Poor Budgeting, Business Practices

HARRISBURG (Sept. 6, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said the Mercer County Career Center in Northwestern Pennsylvania must overhaul its business operations and budget practices to comply with the school code and prevent overcharging 10 participating school districts. Between 2010 and 2012, participating schools were overcharged more than $2.3 million in tuition, which was eventually reimbursed.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Berks and Washington Counties

HARRISBURG (Sept. 6, 2013) - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for two school districts in Berks and Washington counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Seventeen Counties

HARRISBURG (Aug. 30, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Bucks, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, McKean, Mercer, Montgomery, Snyder, Susquehanna, and Union counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Supports Legislative Effort to Bring Transparency to Pet Stores, Better Inform Dog Buyers

HARRISBURG (Aug. 29, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued the following statement supporting new legislation to require pet stores to provide potential dog buyers with health and breeder information:


Auditor General DePasquale Calls for Dept. of Education to Enforce School Code, Regulations on Charter School Lease Reimbursements

HARRISBURG (August 28, 2013) – After seven audits this year revealed that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved nearly $2 million in improper lease reimbursements to charter schools, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today called on the department to correct the problem. He offered assistance to establish procedures that could help ensure education funding is focused on classroom education.

School Audits


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Ten Counties

HARRISBURG (August 23, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Erie, Luzerne, Montgomery, Tioga and Westmoreland counties.

Municipal Pension Plan Audits


Auditor General DePasquale Says State’s Largest Brick-and-Mortar Charter School Must Address Significant Administrative Deficiencies

HARRISBURG (August 21, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said an audit of the Chester Community Charter School in Delaware County shows that the school must address significant administrative deficiencies because students are not receiving the education they deserve. He noted that the school received nearly $1.3 million in improper state lease reimbursements from the Department of Education.

Chester Community Charter School


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Thirteen Counties

HARRISBURG (August 16, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Clarion, Columbia, Indiana, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Perry and York counties.

Municipal Pension Plan Audits


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Allegheny, Huntingdon, Luzerne and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (August 15, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Huntingdon, Luzerne and Westmoreland counties; and four charter schools in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

PA Learners Online Regional Cyber Charter School
Spectrum Charter School
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School
Huntingdon Area School District
Dallas School District
Greensburg Salem School District
Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Allegheny, Columbia and Somerset Counties

HARRISBURG (August 9, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for three school districts in Allegheny, Columbia and Somerset Counties.

Keystone Oaks School District
Bloomsburg Area School District
Windber Area School District


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Clarion, Columbia, Indiana, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Perry, and York Counties

HARRISBURG (August 1, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Clarion, Columbia, Indiana, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Perry, and York counties.


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Statement on the Passing of Former Gov. William W. Scranton

HARRISBURG (July 29, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released the following statement upon learning of the death of former Pennsylvania Governor William W. Scranton:


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Beaver, Berks, Blair, Chester, Cumberland, Greene, Northumberland, Susquehanna, Venango, Washington, Wyoming and York Counties

HARRISBURG (July 26, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for six school districts in Beaver, Berks, Blair, Chester, Cumberland, Greene, Northumberland, Susquehanna, Washington, Wyoming, and York counties, and one technology center in Venango County.

Riverside Beaver County School District
Conrad Weiser Area School District
Spring Cove School District
Kennett Consolidated School District
Tredyffrin-Easttown School District
East Pennsboro Area School District
Jefferson-Morgan School District
Shamokin Area School Districta
Blue Ridge School District
Venango Technology Center
Bethlehem-Center School District
Lackawanna Trail School District
Southern York County School District


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Allegheny, Delaware, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lycoming, and Washington Counties

HARRISBURG (July 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for six school districts in Allegheny, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lycoming, and Washington counties, and one Intermediate Unit in Indiana County.

West Allegheny School District
Rose Tree Media School District
Mid Valley School District
Arin Intermediate Unit 28
Lampeter-Strasburg School District
Muncy School District
Peters Township School District


Auditor General DePasquale Highlights First Six Months of Progress

HARRISBURG (July 19, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that during his first six months in office he has made progress to better serve taxpayers and bring the Department of Auditor General into the 21st Century by improving technology, reducing expenditures and streamlining the audit process.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Audit of Millcreek Township School District Finds Serious Management, Fiscal Problems
District Must Do More to Become Accountable to Taxpayers


ERIE (July 16, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that immediate and significant changes are needed at the Millcreek School District in Erie County, where auditors found a lack of school board oversight and an ineffective administration resulted in widespread fiscal mismanagement and lax recordkeeping.

Millcreek Township School District


Auditor General DePasquale Finds Dog Law Enforcement Hindered by Lax Leadership, Inadequate Financial Controls
Over 4 years, $8 million from dog law fund used for unrelated purposes


HARRISBURG (July 15, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that the Department of Agriculture must continue to improve enforcement of the dog law program and management of the restricted dog law account from which $8 million was used for unrelated purposes.

Audit Report


Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 13 school districts in Allegheny, Bucks, Cameron, Centre, Erie, Fayette, Huntingdon, Juniata, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, and Washington counties.

HARRISBURG (July 5, 2013)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 13 school districts in Allegheny, Bucks, Cameron, Centre, Erie, Fayette, Huntingdon, Juniata, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, and Washington counties.

Pine-Richland School District
Quaker Valley School District
Bristol Borough School District
Cameron County School District
State College Area School District
Corry Area School District
Iroquois School District
Frazier School District
Southern Huntingdon County School District
Juniata County School District
Schuylkill Haven Area School District
Susquehanna Community School District
Bentworth School District


Auditor General DePasquale Praises Passage of School Safety Bill

HARRISBURG (July 3, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said passage of Senate Bill 10, which provides $8.5 million in funding to prevent school violence, will help schools and the state work together to protect children, teachers and staff.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Altoona Area School District Failed to Document Board Approval of Salary Increases

ALTOONA, Blair County (July 1, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said the Altoona Area School District violated state law when the superintendent granted employee promotions, transfers and pay raises without the school board voting on the changes at a public meeting and without documenting the approvals in the board meeting minutes.

Altoona Area Area School District


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Beaver, Blair, Bucks, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lawrence, Lehigh, Perry, Schuylkill, Tioga, and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (June 27, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 15 school districts in Beaver, Blair, Bucks, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lawrence, Lehigh, Perry, Schuylkill, Tioga, and Westmoreland counties; and two technical schools in Erie and Indiana counties.

South Side Area School District
Williamsburg Community School District
New Hope –Solebury School District
Millersburg Area School District
Chichester School District
Erie County Technical School
Corry Area School District
Mount Union Area School District
Indiana County Technology Center
Penns Manor Area School District
New Castle Area School District
Salisbury Township School District
Whitehall-Coplay School District
Susquenita School District
Mahanoy Area School District
Northern Tioga School District
New Kensington-Arnold School District


STATEMENT: Auditor General DePasquale Cheers U.S. Supreme Court Decision Overturning Defense of Marriage Act

HARRISBURG (June 26, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued the following statement on today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act:


Auditor General DePasquale Says Dauphin County School District Audits Should Compel Review of Student Transportation Contracts Statewide

HARRISBURG (June 24, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged school districts across the state to review contracts and records for student transportation after auditors reported that two districts in Dauphin County discovered their bus and van contractor over-billed them for a total of nearly $1 million.

Halifax Area Area School District
Upper Dauphin School District


Auditor General DePasquale Says Turnpike Debt Unsustainable Due to Act 44 Financial Obligations; Drivers, Businesses will Pay More

HARRISBURG (June 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released a special report on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s debt that shows without intervention rising Turnpike tolls will place an unfair burden on motorists and businesses using the roadway.

Auditor General's Testimony
Special Report


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Edinboro U. Officials to Redouble Efforts to Complete Background Checks on Summer Camp Workers
Report also looked at how student fees are charged and revenues used


HARRISBURG (June 13, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released a performance audit of Edinboro University in Erie County showing some improvement in background checks for workers at summer camps and indicating the university uses student fees appropriately.

Edinboro University Performance Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Darby Borough to Properly Fund Pension Plan Facing Unfunded Liability of Nearly $2.7 Million

HARRISBURG (June 13, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged Darby Borough officials in Delaware County to correct pension plan management problems that have resulted in its police pension plan being underfunded by nearly $2.7 million as of early 2011, the most recent figure available.

Darby Borough Nonuniformed Pension Plan
Darby Borough Police Pension Plan


Auditor General DePasquale Says Wellsboro Area School District Wasted Nearly $140,000 Through Former Superintendent’s Contract Buyout

HARRISBURG (June 12, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that poor planning cost the Wellsboro Area School District in Tioga County nearly $140,000 to buy-out a former superintendent’s contract.

Wellsboro Area School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Says Chester Upland School District is in Major Crisis; Hopeful New Management Can Effect Change
Recent Audit Identifies Continued, Severe Problems with Operations and Student Education


HARRISBURG (June 6, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said an audit of the Chester Upland School District in Delaware County showed the situation in the district is so dire that there is limited hope for the future of its students unless district board members, administrators, teachers and the community support changes to correct management breakdowns that have plagued the district for decades.

Chester Upland School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Statement on Transportation Report
Says every day transportation needs are not addressed it costs Pennsylvania drivers more money


HARRISBURG (May 29, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued the following statement in response to a national report issued today that found Pennsylvania’s crumbling roads and bridges cost drivers about $1,500 per year — enough to buy approximately 400 gallons of gas:


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Butler, Cambria, Clearfield, Lackawanna, Lebanon, McKean and Somerset Counties

HARRISBURG (May 24, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Butler, Cambria, Clearfield, Lackawanna, Lebanon, McKean and Somerset counties.

Municipal Pension Plan Audits


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Columbia, York Counties

HARRISBURG (May 23, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for two school districts in Columbia and York counties.

Berwick Area School District
York Suburban School District


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Pension Plan Audits for Municipalities in Allegheny, Bucks, Cambria, Erie, Lackawanna, Washington and York Counties

HARRISBURG (May 16, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released audits of municipal pension plans for local government employees in Allegheny, Bucks, Cambria, Erie, Lackawanna, Washington and York counties.

Municipal Pension Plan Audits


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Adams, Delaware, Erie and Potter Counties

HARRISBURG (May 15, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for four school Entities in Adams, Delaware, Erie, and Potter counties.

Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
Ridley School District
Wattsburg Area School District
Coudersport Area School District


Auditor General DePasquale Challenges UPMC, Highmark to Open Hospitals to All Insurers

PITTSBURGH (May 8, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued the following statement on the ongoing battle between UPMC and Highmark:


Auditor General DePasquale Encouraged by Penn State Board of Trustees Actions, Says More Must be Done to Ensure Transparency

Harrisburg (May 3, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released the following statement regarding actions taken today by the Penn State Board of Trustees:


Auditor General DePasquale Gives Reading School District Failing Grade
Identifies Dysfunction, Lack of Cooperation and Professional Standards


READING (May 3, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that immediate and significant changes are needed at the Reading School District in Berks County, where auditors found the district has dysfunctional management, is not properly educating students, lacks controls over the spending of tax dollars, and fails to adequately restrict access to sensitive computer data, among other issues.

Reading School District Audit Report


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Berks, Indiana, Lehigh, Perry, Venango and York Counties

HARRISBURG (May 1, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for six school districts in Berks, Indiana, Lehigh, Perry, Venango and York counties.

Schuylkill Valley School District
Indiana Area School District
Parkland School District
Newport School District
Franklin Area School District
Eastern York School District


Auditor General DePasquale Identifies Problems with Management, Operation of Crawford Central School District

HARRISBURG (April 26, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged the Crawford Central School District in Crawford County to correct problems with the school board president’s potential conflict of interest, oversight of employee hiring, documentation of bus driver qualifications, student recordkeeping and certification of professional employees.

Crawford Central School District Audit


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Entities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Delaware, Erie, Greene, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Mercer, Northampton, Perry, Somerset, Tioga and Westmoreland Counties

HARRISBURG (April 22, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 14 school districts in Allegheny, Armstrong, Delaware, Erie, Greene, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Mercer, Northampton, Perry, Somerset, Tioga counties and one career and technology center in Westmoreland County.

Fox Chapel Area School District
Plum Borough School District
Armstrong School District
William Penn School District
Fairview School District
Harbor Creek School District
Carmichaels Area School District
Abington Heights School District
Ellwood City Area School District
Sharon City School District
Nazareth Area School District
West Perry School District
Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District
Southern Tioga School District
Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center


Auditor General DePasquale Says Backlog Cleared
Money Saved in 90 Days


HARRISBURG (April 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that just three months after taking office, a backlog of 1,500 audits is cleared.


Auditor General DePasquale Urges Harrisburg to Pay Back Pension Plan

HARRISBURG (April 17, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged Harrisburg officials to correct faulty internal controls that resulted in the city failing to make timely deposits into its police pension plan of more than $2.8 million in state aid received for 2011 and 2012.

City of Harrisburg Police Pension Plan
City of Harrisburg Firefighters' Pension Plan
City of Harrisburg Nonuniformed Pension Plan


Auditor General DePasquale Says $35.4 million Owed in Corporate Taxes Could Offset Budget Cuts

HARRISBURG (April 15, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced auditors found corporate tax return errors amounting to $35.4 million in unpaid taxes owed to the commonwealth.

Chart - Summary of Corporation Returns Reviewed


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audit Reports for School Districts in Allegheny, Cambria Counties

HARRISBURG (April 11, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for two schools in Allegheny and Cambria counties.

Penn Hills School District
Richland Township School District


Auditor General DePasquale Begins Auditing Port Authority of Allegheny County
Performance Audit to Cover July 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2012


HARRISBURG (March 28, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that this week auditors began a performance audit of the Port Authority of Allegheny County to ensure the authority is effectively and efficiently using taxpayer funds.

Letter to the Port Authority of Allegheny County


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Statement on Proposed Liquor Code Changes

HARRISBURG (March 21, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued the following statement on legislation moving through the General Assembly to change the way alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania:


Auditor General DePasquale Outlines Specific Changes Needed to Improve Penn State University Governance

HARRISBURG (March 18, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today outlined specific legislative changes the General Assembly should make to improve governance of The Pennsylvania State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.


Auditor General DePasquale Identifies Systemic Charter School Problems, $550,000 in Improper Lease Reimbursements
Calls on Department of Education, PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools to Resolve Issues


SCRANTON (March 14, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today called on the Department of Education and charter schools across the state to fix systemic problems identified in audits of six charter schools that collected more than $550,000 in improper lease reimbursements.

Chart - Pennsylvania Charter Schools


Auditor General DePasquale Talks School Safety at Senate Hearing
Says School Safety Audits Filling Gap that Could Help Prevent Tragedy in Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG (March 13, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today told Senate leaders that school safety audits are filling a gap and could help prevent a tragedy.


Auditor General DePasquale to Audit DPW Contract to Pay Personal Care Attendants
Delay in Payroll Payments Prompts Audit


HARRISBURG (Feb. 28, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced an audit of the Department of Public Welfare’s contract with a Boston-based vendor that failed to provide timely payments to direct care workers in Pennsylvania.


Auditor General DePasquale Reminds PA Homeowners March 1 is Deadline for Property Tax Relief Application

HARRISBURG (Feb. 26, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today reminded homeowners that March 1 is the deadline to apply for property tax relief they are entitled to from legalized gambling revenues.

Homeowner Help for Property Tax Relief - County-by-County Resources


Auditor General DePasquale Tells Senate Appropriations Committee IT Upgrades Needed to Make Department More Efficient, Effective

HARRISBURG (Feb. 20, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today made his first appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss his department’s funding needs for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Before addressing questions from senators, DePasquale submitted the following statement:


Auditor General DePasquale Highlights Progress in First Month
Says cost-cutting is saving enough paper to line PA Turnpike from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh twice


Harrisburg (February 15, 2013) – In his first month in office, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he is already reducing costs, improving efficiency in the face of budget and technology changes.


Auditor General DePasquale Issues Statement on Lottery Contract

Harrisburg (February 14, 2013) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued the following statement on Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s legal rejection of Gov. Tom Corbett’s contract to have a private company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery:


Pennsylvania Treasury, Department of Auditor General Celebrate Black History Month

Harrisburg (February 12, 2013) – State Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today honored and celebrated the history, culture, and innumerable contributions of African Americans to society during an event to recognize Black History Month. Today’s event, which was held at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, marks the 17th consecutive year the two agencies have sponsored such a program.


Auditor General DePasquale Initiates Audit to Ensure Safe Drinking Water
Pledges that audit will be constructive and productive


Harrisburg (Jan. 16, 2013) – On his first day in office, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale notified the head of the state Department of Environmental Protection that a performance audit of water programs related to the development of the state’s shale gas reserves would begin next week.


Eugene DePasquale Takes Oath as 51st Auditor General

Harrisburg (Jan. 15, 2013) – Former York County Representative Eugene DePasquale became the commonwealth’s 51st Auditor General in a ceremony at noon today in the State Museum of Pennsylvania. His wife Tracey presented the certificate of election before State Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd administered the oath of office.

Remarks


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