Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
Eugene A. DePasquale became Pennsylvania’s 51st Auditor General Jan. 15, 2013. As the state’s chief fiscal watchdog, DePasquale is committed to see that taxpayer dollars are spent properly and effectively.
DePasquale is focusing audits on areas that will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians and prepare our state for a brighter future.
He initiated large-scale audits of the Department of Environmental Protection’s programs on water quality related to Marcellus Shale gas drilling; revealed state dog law enforcement issues; pushed for more transparency and governance changes at Penn State and other state-related universities; and investigated the Department of Public Welfare’s failure to pay workers who provide in-home care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
As Auditor General, DePasquale has been outspoken about charter school financial abuses and the need for education funding reform. He has referred questionable practices to the Attorney General and state Ethics Commission. He has demanded public school officials be more responsible with tax dollars and in educating children.
DePasquale helped raise significant concerns about plans to privatize the state lottery. He has demanded two of the state’s leading health care providers – UPMC and Highmark – to open their coverage networks to ensure access to quality health care.
In his first nine months as Auditor General, DePasquale reformed his department by conducting an internal audit. He then made dramatic reforms, including:
- Reduced travel expenses, including cutting the vehicle fleet by more than 40 percent;
- Eliminated a backlog of 1,500 audits in the first 90 days;
- Initiated a multi-year strategic information technology upgrade;
- Created a long-term plan for fiscal stability;
- Cut costs by reorganizing the department;
- Improved efficiency with electronic audit distribution and record-keeping systems;
- Saved more than $100,000 a year by eliminating printing operation; and
- Saved $320,000 in lease expenses by consolidating office space.
In his six years in the state House of Representatives, DePasquale was a leader for government reform and accountability. He was the first legislator to post his expenses online, refused pay raises, returned unused expenses to the state and led efforts to end special privileges for legislators, including private car leases. In 2012, he won a six-year fight to ban texting while driving. In 2008, his Alternative Energy Investment Act became law, saving consumers money while creating jobs and ensuring a cleaner environment for the future.
He also developed a reputation as a leader in education and job growth policies.
Before being elected to the House, DePasquale was deputy secretary in the Department of Environmental Protection where he helped convince Gamesa, the world’s second largest wind company, to locate in Pennsylvania.
DePasquale received the 2013 Epstein Award from the Sustainable Energy Fund for promoting alternative energy sources. In 2010, he received a Green Power Award from Citizen's for Pennsylvania Future (Penn Future) for promoting the growth of clean energy.
DePasquale was named Elected State Official of the Year in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Citizens for a Better Library.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, DePasquale graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School where he was a member of the state championship football team. He earned his undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster (Ohio), where he lettered in baseball and football. He received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his law degree from Widener University’s evening division.
DePasquale lives in York County with his wife Tracey, and their children, Ben and Sarah. He is active in his church and in coaching youth baseball, football and basketball.