Rep. DeLuca calls for PDE oversight of troubled Penn Hills School District

Rep. DeLuca calls for PDE oversight of troubled Penn Hills School District

In light of a number of different issues facing the Penn Hills School District, Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) has asked the state Department of Education to place the district into the state’s financial recovery program and to appoint a qualified chief financial recovery officer to oversee the district.

In a letter to the Executive Secretary David Volkman, DeLuca expressed concern regarding how the appointment of a new school board member was handled following the recent resignation of a board member.

“This is a District desperately in need of fresh insight and oversight,” wrote DeLuca. “I once again implore you to take action for the betterment of this District before it’s too late. I feel strongly the financial situation will not, nor cannot, improve without the intervention of the Commonwealth. Each action the Board takes confirms my belief.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
AG DePasquale finds Pittsburgh pension funds continue to slide

AG DePasquale finds Pittsburgh pension funds continue to slide

In a recent audit of Pittsburgh’s municipal pension fund, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said despite the city contributing $41.3 million more to its plans than required, funding levels have dropped to 57 percent during his latest audit. 
From January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015, Pittsburgh contributed $115.6 million- well above the required $74.2 million minimum payment- to its three employee pension plans, according to the Auditor General. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb was joined by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday to release a performance audit of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and to announce DePasquale’s plans to conduct a separate review. 

The review by the Auditor General will focus more on PWSA governance and review and whether the current structure of the Authority is suitable to provide the proper oversight, while Controller Lamb’s review focused on PWSA’s installation of water meters, customer billing processes, customer service effectiveness, and concerns about lead in the drinking water- all problems that have plagued the Authority over the past couple of years. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State Auditor General to conduct review of Pittsburgh's water authority

State Auditor General to conduct review of Pittsburgh's water authority

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board, with support from the administration, will be inviting state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to conduct his own performance investigation of the authority’s operations. 


The Office of Municipal Investigations (OMI) will also begin an investigation at PWSA to discover why the authority was forced to issue a flush and boil water advisory last week, causing upheaval for some 100,000 city residents. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale audit shows increased tolls won't fix turnpike's debt problems

DePasquale audit shows increased tolls won't fix turnpike's debt problems

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to outline the findings of an audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the “potentially unstable financial ground” that it stands on. 

In this latest performance audit, spanning from 2014 to 2016, findings show that toll violations are increasing- causing the commission to write off $12 million to $20 million per year- and failure to meet the commission’s unrealistic traffic and revenue projections could contribute to a financial and statewide transportation crisis in the next seven years. 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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