February 5, 2015 |
From the 1980s into the 2000s, Samuel Erlick spoke about his World War II experiences to students at high schools in South Jersey. "He was invited to do that," and brought not only his medals, but a map so the students could follow where he had served, his wife, Sandra, said. Through his own experiences, she said, he hoped "to give them a history of World War II. " On Monday, Feb. 2, Mr. Erlick, 90, of Cherry Hill, who retired in January 1994 as an auditor for the Philadelphia regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, died at Voorhees Care & Rehabilitation Center.
January 31, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey's decision to invest $15 million with a venture-capital firm tied to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws, even though Baker contributed $10,000 to the New Jersey GOP months earlier, the state Treasury Department's chief auditor said in a report released Thursday. The department released the report, dated Nov. 20, after a daylong meeting of the State Investment Council, which oversees the management of the $82 billion pension fund for public workers.
January 20, 2015 |
Sometime Tuesday, when his successor is inaugurated in Harrisburg, James F. Cawley, 45, now Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, will be unemployed - the first time he's ever been fired - voted out of office Nov. 4. "It was an interesting situation," he said. "When I woke up on the morning of Nov. 5, I kind of said to myself, 'OK, now what?' It was exciting, but also a little scary. " Cawley didn't have to wonder long. On Jan. 13, he was tapped to head the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, one of the area's largest nonprofits, with annual revenue of $67.9 million.
December 19, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Saddled with escalating debt and declining enrollment, Cheyney University - the nation's first college for black people - is in dire straits that will worsen unless the state takes "drastic action" to rescue the school, the state auditor general said Wednesday. The school's expenses exceeded its revenue in four of the last five years, and its deficit, already $12 million, will grow by an additional $5 million this academic year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a report.
October 4, 2014 |
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday that he was initiating another audit of the state Department of Education to review oversight of contractors and consultants, including a former adviser to Gov. Corbett who allegedly was a "ghost" employee. Ron Tomalis resigned his $140,000-a-year job as a higher-education adviser to Corbett in August amid accusations that he had done little to earn the money, but DePasquale said the controversy "was not the only factor in the undertaking of the audit," his second of the department.
August 1, 2014 |
Local Veterans Affairs employees were told to falsify appointment dates to "game" the system, a VA audit has found, raising fresh questions about officials' denials that staffers schemed to hide delays in responding to veterans. At the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, nearly a third of schedulers interviewed by auditors this spring said they had been instructed not to enter the actual appointment dates veterans had requested, but instead log different dates. Similar manipulations were encouraged at the clinic in Horsham, auditors found.
May 24, 2014 |
Incomplete, inaccurate, or nonexistent data on privately contracted demolitions suggest that the city is not any safer than it was on June 5, when the collapse of a Center City building being razed resulted in the deaths of six people, the City Controller's Office announced Thursday. In a 31-page audit of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Controller Alan Butkovitz slammed the agency for what he described as an ongoing "culture of informality" that "jeopardizes public safety.
May 14, 2014 |
Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded, based on a series of public meetings across the commonwealth. To help clean it up, DePasquale called Monday for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools. DePasquale, a Democrat, said taxpayer-funded charter schools, which enroll 120,000 students across the state, are here to stay.
April 12, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday his office had begun an audit of the Philadelphia School District to examine finances, school safety, academics, and the impact the loss of state charter-school reimbursement funds had on the district's bottom line. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., who joined DePasquale for the announcement at district headquarters, said he welcomed the review. "When you are challenged financially, like we are, obviously, here," Hite said, "it is extremely important to get as much information from independent third parties as possible about how effectively we are able to use the funds we have at our disposal.