Eugene DePasquale en DEP Audited, But It Disagrees With Findings <p>After an 18-month audit, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been called “outdated, understaffed and underfunded” when it comes to monitoring the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on water quality.&nbsp;</p><p>“For an analogy internally we believe it’s like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20-foot garden hose,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The audit resulted in eight findings with 29 recommendations. DePasquale said 18 of the recommendations would not cost tax payers any more money.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:18 +0000 Jess Lasky 33018 at Auditor General Calls For Greater Oversight Of Charter Schools <p>From the creation of Pennsylvania’s charter school law in 1997 to today there has been greater public school choice in the state, and many charter schools are doing a good job. That’s one of the positives noted in PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s audit of charter schools.</p><p>But DePasquale said there are still many challenges in the charter school system. His audit recommends increased accountability, transparency and effectiveness of charter schools and includes a recommendation to create an independent statewide charter school oversight board.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 19:26:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29086 at PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is in a “significantly better place” today than it was in the last audit, according to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The most recent audit covers the period of July 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2012. The last audit was completed in 2007 by former Auditor General Jack Wagner. At that time, there were serious concerns with unsustainable pension and healthcare costs.</p><p>DePasquale said now, the picture has improved.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:56:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26382 at PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit DePasquale Launches Audit of Pittsburgh Hospital Research Programs <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has announced his office will perform audits of five healthcare research programs across the state including, Pittsburgh’s Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:47:28 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 25749 at Peduto and Auditor General Lobby for Statewide Pension Reform <p>State Auditor General Eugene Depasquale joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday to announce recommended reforms addressing the $6.7 billion of underfunded municipal pension liabilities in Pennsylvania.</p><p>According to Depasquale, 47 percent of municipalities in Pennsylvania are considered distressed when it comes to their ability to fund employee pensions. As a solution to this statewide concern, Depasquale issued 13 recommendations for state legislators to enact.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 25049 at Auditor General Holds Meeting on Charter Schools <p>How can charter schools better help Pennsylvania students succeed? That is the question Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is asking.</p><p>At an information gathering session in Ross Township, DePasquale said they want to strengthen the accountability and transparency of the charter school system.</p><p>“Our goal in the hearings over the next three weeks is to provide really the best practices and also good points to the Pennsylvania General Assembly so they can take that, incorporate that, in updating and improving the Pennsylvania Charter School Law,” DePasquale said.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:43:08 +0000 Jessica Nath 24999 at PA Auditor General to Governor: Fully Fund Pensions, Cut Corporate Tax Breaks <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said at a news conference Monday that he’ll soon begin an audit of the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.</p><p>DePasquale said he’s looking for subsidies and tax breaks for corporations that don’t positively impact middle class job growth. He said the state should eliminate such subsidies and tax credits before touching “one dime” of public employee pension funds.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:01:37 +0000 Liz Reid 23832 at PA Auditor General to Scrutinize Pittsburgh Public Schools <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in Pittsburgh with Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday to announce an upcoming audit of Pittsburgh Public Schools.</p><p>DePasquale said the audit is part of a larger statewide effort based on a new three-tiered system that ranks schools based on financial risk.</p><p>“We are starting our first wave of high risk audits, and Pittsburgh is our first high risk audit for the Western part of the state,” DePasquale said. “That’s not just because of the size of the city, but simply the financial challenges that the city school district is facing.”</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:12:56 +0000 Liz Reid 23446 at PA Auditor General Urges Officials to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is calling on Gov. Tom Corbett and the Legislature to raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25.</p><p>“As the state’s fiscal watchdog, I think this would be good for the state budget," DePasquale said. "I believe it would help stimulate the economy and most importantly, it’s just the right thing to do to put money in the pockets of working families who have gone without a raise for far too long."</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:34:12 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21604 at PA Auditor General Urges Officials to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage Mismanaged Contract Delayed Pay to Home Care Workers, Audit Finds <p>An audit of the state Department of Public Welfare has found the consolidation of payroll services for home care workers was botched, leading to pay delays for at least 4,000 workers.<br /><br />State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says workers were the collateral damage when a contract went to a single payroll provider that was not ready for prime time.<br /><br />"You gotta have better oversight of the program," he said. "That means there’s got to be real dates, there’s gotta be real timelines, real items to be met."<br /> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:34:50 +0000 Mary Wilson 19851 at PA Auditor General: State Has Funding Crisis When It Comes to Education <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently audited two struggling Allegheny County school districts and said the findings point to a larger problem in the commonwealth: a lack of funding and ineffective charter school laws.</p><p>DePasquale said Duquesne City School District is over the cliff financially and the Sto-Rox School District is teetering on the edge.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:00:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16513 at PA's Anti-Puppy Mill Law Enforcement Criticized <p>Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog says the state is doing a poor job enforcing an anti-puppy mill law that's designed to protect buyers and ensure breeders maintain humane practices.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:05:36 +0000 Michael Lynch & The Associated Press 13201 at State AG: Proposed Funding Increase Not Enough to Stave Off Furloughs <p>Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog isn’t sure an offer from state House Republicans to hike his agency’s funding could prevent some of the layoffs planned for mid-June.<br><br>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the proposed $2.6 million increase wouldn’t be enough to bring back all 67 people throughout the state who are slated to lose their positions.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:14:28 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 10553 at