Auditor General to audit Philadelphia Parking Authority

Auditor General to audit Philadelphia Parking Authority

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Monday that he will begin auditing the Philadelphia Parking Authority to determine the adherence to and the effectiveness of PPA’s employment policies and procedures, including policies and procedures related to prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Monday, October 3, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
AG DePasquale: “When a person receiving benefits dies, the benefits should stop. Period.”

AG DePasquale: “When a person receiving benefits dies, the benefits should stop. Period.”

At a press conference Thursday morning, Auditor General DePasquale said that the Department of Human Services (DHS) should stop putting public assistance benefits on ACCESS cards that belong to people who have died. 

DePasqaule found in his latest audit that, during a 12-month period, DHS had paid public assistance benefits to over 2,000 card holders who had passed away. 

He stated that he is working to "make sure we can better protect taxpayers and make sure that the people who need assistance are the ones getting it."

Thursday, September 29, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

The Department of Human Services Thursday announced a number of improvements to ChildLine, its child abuse alert call center, that have had an effect on response and processing times.

 

In addition, the department announced improvements have been made to the background check system that many professionals and volunteers must undergo before being able to interact with children.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was joined by Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington), law enforcement groups, and anti-rape advocacy organizations Wednesday morning to call for action on the issue of the growing backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania.

 

According to a recent special report issued by the Office of Auditor General, which used a mandated report issued by the Department of Health on untested rape kits, there are currently 3,044 untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and a backlog of 1,852 rape kits awaiting testing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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