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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Auditor General DO?
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale serves as an independent fiscal watchdog for Pennsylvania taxpayers. This means ensuring that all of the Commonwealth's money is deposited in the state treasury and that it is handled legally and properly.
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Who gets audited?
The Auditor General is responsible for auditing all 501 public school districts as well as other educational agencies (vo-tech schools, intermediate units, etc.). The Department also audits all state departments, state-owned facilities (hospitals, universities, etc.), the state liquor stores, municipal employee and police pensions, volunteer firefighters' relief and pension funds, district justices, certain county officials and many public and private agencies that receive state aid.
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Under what authority does the Auditor General conduct performance audits?
Performance audits allow the Auditor General to determine whether state funds are being used according to the purpose and guidelines that govern each use of the Commonwealth's dollars. Under Section 402 of The Fiscal Code, special audits, including performance audits, may be made at any time when, to the Auditor General, they appear to be necessary. Special audits must also be conducted when the Governor calls upon the Auditor General to do them. Copies of all audit reports prepared by the department are promptly given to the Governor.
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How do I get a copy of an audit?
You may call to request a copy at 1-717-787-1381, send an e-mail to or write to: Office of Communications, Dept. of the Auditor General, 318 Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17102.
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Where do I report waste, fraud and abuse?
Contact the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, 231 Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17102. That office may also be reached at 1-800-922-8477, or by e-mail at
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