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For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Woods, 717-787-1381

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.

“Through the concentrated and focused efforts of our entire department, we released more than 1,500 audits in the past 90 days,” DePasquale said. “I don’t know if it is up there with Cal Ripken’s consecutive game streak, but clearing the backlog in 90 days is an amazing accomplishment.”

The department produces about 4,000 audit reports per year. The financial and performance audits include: public and charter schools, volunteer firefighter’s relief associations, county row offices, district magistrates, municipal pension plans, and a range of other state and local programs that receive state and federal funding.

“We take pride in making sure all audits are carefully reviewed and comply with applicable government auditing standards,” DePasquale said. “Clearing the backlog that comes in part from the natural lag in production during a leadership transition means auditors can now focus on bringing all of our audits up to date.”

The Department of the Auditor General posts audit reports online at www.auditorgen.state.pa.us after the final report is delivered to the organization audited.

Clearing the audit backlog is part of DePasquale’s ongoing effort to modernize the department and improve efficiencies. Other efforts include:

  • reducing the department’s fleet of cars by more than 50 since January, and
  • reducing travel expenses, which were more than $87,000 lower in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2012.

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