Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released a long-awaited audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation system call centers and funding that was supposed to be used for technology upgrades and system infrastructure improvements.

 

DePasquale’s office started the audit earlier this year after a number of legislators requested his office look into spending related to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund within the UC system following the refusal of Senate Republicans to vote on legislation extending SIIF funding due to concerns over mismanagement of money and the failure of the Wolf administration to lay out a plan to relieve the state of funding what used to be federal obligations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf signs short-term UC funding fix

Gov. Wolf signs short-term UC funding fix

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday evening he has signed Senate Bill 250, now Act 1 of 2017, legislation that will provide $15 million of funding to the state’s Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that is used to fund IT improvements and additional staff at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers.

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf, Torsella repeat call for state pension boards to reduce fees, move to more passive investment strategy

Gov. Wolf, Torsella repeat call for state pension boards to reduce fees, move to more passive investment strategy

Gov. Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella Monday doubled-down on their call for the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System to reduce their management fees, move to a more passive investment model, and increase savings opportunities.

 

The call comes on the heels of the Wolf administration combining three funds into one Treasury-managed fund and the Treasury putting all public equity investments into a passive investment model and an April 13 letter to the systems encouraging to adopt similar reforms.

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf revokes Lt. Gov. Stack’s state police detail

According to the governor’s office Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf has revoked the State Police coverage given to Lt. Gov. Michael Stack and his wife Tonya as a result of allegations of maltreatment of both his State Police protection and staff at The State House in Ft. Indiantown Gap that have led to an investigation by the Office of Inspector General into both his conduct and that of his wife.

 

In a statement offered Friday afternoon, Gov. Wolf’s press secretary JJ Abbott said the governor hand-delivered a letter to Lt. Gov. Stack informing him of the decision.

Sunday, April 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Revenue Department launches tax amnesty program

Revenue Department launches tax amnesty program

Remember that little corner of the current year’s budget plan that called for $100 million in revenue from a tax amnesty program? Friday, the Department of Revenue announced that the program starts April 21 and will run for a 60-day period ending on June 19, 2017.

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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