March 25, 2011 |
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.
August 3, 2012 |
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.
May 18, 2011 |
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.
March 29, 2011 |
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.
May 18, 2011 |
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.
January 14, 2013 |
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.
June 6, 2013 |
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.
June 1, 2011 |
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.
September 21, 2011 |
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.
October 1, 2011 |
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.