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March 25, 2011 | By WENDY RUDERMAN, rudermw@phillynews.com
Forget the public dollars spent on exotic belly dancers, designer Tumi luggage and filet mignon dinners at Poconos-area retreats. Turns out, Carl Greene - the banished former executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority - ran a fiscally sound ship, according to an audit released Friday. "The authority is very healthy at the moment and they apparently have a lot of resources to do a lot of good things in this city, which they have been doing," said Gene Ristaino, an accountant with Isdaner & Company, an outside audit firm hired by PHA. The rosy financial picture came at the first board meeting held by PHA since the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took over the agency and forced the old board to step down.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - The head of the agency that administers Middlesex County's recycling program, runs its public golf courses, and manages its long-term care system was paid a $55,000 yearly bonus and got other perks on top of a base salary that exceeds that of the governor, a new audit has found. New Jersey's comptroller uncovered big bonuses being paid to four top managers of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority during a routine audit of authority personnel and contracts released Wednesday.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935
A federal audit has found the troubled Philadelphia Housing Authority failed to properly oversee the use of federal stimulus funds and overpaid for poor workmanship in housing renovations. The audit of a sampling of scattered-site housing, prompted by a citizen's complaint, was released yesterday by John Buck, Department of Housing and Urban Development's regional inspector general. The audit said PHA should have to repay HUD for undocumented spending, which could amount to millions of dollars.
NEWS
March 29, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Auditors for the federal housing agency have launched another review of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, this time looking at possible conflicts of interest between PHA officials and contractors doing renovations of public housing. The audit is the third review of PHA this year by the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The office recently issued a critical report on PHA's spending on outside legal fees and has finished, but not yet released, an audit of PHA's stand-alone houses, which are scattered across the city.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a blistering review of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's use of 2009 stimulus funds, federal auditors Tuesday questioned $27.4 million in spending on repairs for homes and said the agency made "unreasonable" payments to lawyers who impeded the audit. The auditors, from the office of the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said PHA did not sufficiently track costs and should have to reimburse the federal government for any spending it cannot document.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare this month launched an unprecedented Medicaid audit at 75 nursing homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania as part of a campaign to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. Industry executives and others, who say long-term care centers already undergo frequent audits, said they were not worried about the possible discovery of expensive errors. But they dread the logistics of preparing four years of Medicaid billing records for 100 percent review - while puzzling over how much money the DPW expects to recover from improper bills.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
A new federal audit of the Philadelphia Housing Authority portrays an agency that for years was awash in profligate spending with too little oversight and too much control in the hands of a few managers. PHA's president and chief executive officer, Kelvin Jeremiah, called the audit's findings "damning" but accurate. "The citizens of Philadelphia have a lot to be disappointed about when it comes to the past management of the agency," Jeremiah said in an interview. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered the audit in February 2011 after the firing of PHA's executive director, Carl R. Greene.
NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Wednesday that the Philadelphia School District should be required to present a five-year financial plan to an independent authority to address accounting problems his office found in an audit. Butkovitz, who spoke as he released an audit his office performed on the district's annual financial statement for fiscal 2010, also said he believed the city finance director should be involved with the district's budget and accounting practices. And, he said, his office should be given expanded authority to examine the district's books.
NEWS
September 21, 2011 | By Seth Stern, Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON - Justice Department agencies spent too much for food at conferences, in one case serving $16 muffins and in another dishing out beef Wellington appetizers that cost $7.32 per serving, an audit found. "Some conferences featured costly meals, refreshments, and themed breaks that we believe were indicative of wasteful or extravagant spending," Justice's inspector general wrote in a report released Tuesday. The inspector general reviewed a sample of 10 Justice conferences between October 2007 and September 2009 at a cost of $4.4 million, in a period that included the administrations of both Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama.
NEWS
October 1, 2011 | By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG - Lawmakers are awaiting release of an audit that they hope will explain how the state Department of Public Welfare approved payments for chandeliers, a home bowling alley, and other seemingly extravagant items with funds meant to provide health care and employment support for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities. Those expenditures - as well as state payments on home mortgages, luxury cars, and flea-dipping for a therapeutic cat - came to light during a Senate Health and Welfare Committee hearing this week.
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May 27, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 2014 federal audit of 20 government-subsidized child-care facilities in Pennsylvania found 17 of them had serious health and safety hazards, administrative violations, or performed incomplete background checks. Only three sites were in compliance with Child Care and Development Block Grant standards; the others logged as many as 16 violations apiece. Among the violations were broken glass in play areas, an unfenced pool, moldy toilets and leaking ceilings, and the concealing of criminal charges, including child endangerment, against one of the operators.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state audit of three county welfare agencies - in Burlington, Camden, and Passaic - found them lacking in proper documentation for benefits and urged closer attention to verification of recipients. The audit, performed by the Office of the State Comptroller, pertained to General Assistance, which provides state-funded monthly grants to eligible single adults or couples without children. The recipients are supposed to work, be actively looking for work, or participate in an approved work activity, including community service.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sens. Robert P. Casey and Pat Toomey called Wednesday for an audit of every regional Veterans Affairs office nationwide - the latest round of scrutiny aimed at an agency already facing sharp questions for its management in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Under a bill unveiled by Pennsylvania's two senators and supported by members of a bipartisan working group cochaired by Casey, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office would be required to review regional VA offices within a year of passage for "consistency" in decision-making, and to find and share best practices at facilities that are doing well.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's 14 state universities raised tuition 27 percent over six years, and a state audit report released Monday says that while stagnant state aid is largely to blame, the system should do better. "Despite laudable efforts to hold down costs, the state system must look for additional ways to minimize tuition hikes, cut costs, and increase enrollment," said Auditor General Eugene D. DePasquale. The 59-page report, which was largely positive, noted that while the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education offers one of the most affordable options, "many students and families across the commonwealth are concerned that attaining a PASSHE education is becoming out of reach.
SPORTS
February 19, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - With the Super Bowl two weeks in the rearview mirror, the NFL's attention shifts to its annual scouting combine, bringing 323 prospects along with coaches, evaluators, and doctors from 32 NFL teams to Indianapolis this week. Players began arriving Tuesday. On-field testing begins Friday. The first three days for each positional group are designated for medical examinations, measurements, psychological testing, team interviews, and media interviews. Testing comes on the final day. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which will run from April 30 to May 2. They are expected to take a quarterback, with the choice likely between Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota.
SPORTS
February 11, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Tim Frazier is the kid all the old guys want to play with during the pickup game. Three of every four passes he throws, he bounces. When his teammates are open, the passes often arrive chest high, soft in the hands. When his teammates are getting open - cutting to the basket or spotting up for a jump shot - he rarely throws the passes to where they are, but instead where they will be. He is pretty fast but not flashy, not at all selfish, and embodies the ultimate old-guy basketball compliment: fundamentally sound.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
NOTE: This story was updated Thursday morning. Three Philadelphia recreation centers violated a long list of bookkeeping regulations, says the city controller, who has referred one former treasurer's activities to the District Attorney's Office. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an analysis Wednesday of three of the 126 Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Councils (PRACs). The councils, which are responsible for managing the individual recreation centers' accounts, oversee nearly $2 million.
NEWS
December 25, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some West Deptford elected officials are hoping the state Attorney General's Office will offer final words on a two-year investigation into possible illegal activity involving township water and sewer services - a probe that brought no criminal charges. The Attorney General's Office, according to township officials, has declined to take any action following its inquiry into whether some residents - and township employees - received water and sewer services that should have been stopped.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state audit of Lincoln University has been moved up because of comments the college's president made about what he considered false allegations of sexual assault on the Chester County campus. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the move-up on Wednesday. DePasquale said he had watched a video of Lincoln president Robert R. Jennings' comments and sought to put school officials "on notice that we are coming in. " "To be blunt, I considered them disturbing," DePasquale said of the remarks.
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