September 6, 1991 |
City officials have blamed the financial crisis for a lot of things, but they can't use money as an excuse for dirty offices and hallways in the City Council wing at City Hall. Council is paying six janitors an estimated $157,000 a year, more than double the amount necessary for the space they are responsible for cleaning, according to a recent city controller's report. What's more, the auditors found, Council's janitorial staff is required to work just 5 1/2 hours a day despite being paid on a full-time basis.
August 2, 2001 |
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint yesterday, charging three auditors for the now-defunct Allegheny health system with participating in a "fraudulent scheme" to hide the hospital network's declining finances. William F. Buettner, Mark D. Kirstein and Amy S. Frazier were named by the SEC in the complaint filed in federal court in Philadelphia. The three were executives at Coopers & Lybrand - now PricewaterhouseCoopers - who served as the independent accountants for Allegheny as the health system spiraled into bankruptcy in 1997 and 1998.
September 21, 1991 |
Philadelphia Electric Co. could save up to $169 million a year by making a raft of changes in its operations, according to an auditors' report released yesterday, and the utility largely agreed. The management audit, by the consulting firm of Ernst & Young, recommended 251 ways PE could save money. One of the largest areas for improvement: compensation - both pay and benefits - for management and rank and file. The auditors said PE's compensation was higher than industry averages.
January 24, 1993 |
Political watchers in Bensalem have grown impatient for a response to this question: Is the township's Board of Auditors going to surcharge former and current officials to pay for a $1.5 million jury award levied against the municipality last month? The government watchdog, Common Cause of Bensalem, put the question in a Dec. 20 letter to the auditors, a board with limited powers that formally meets once a year in early January. And since the letter, another question has emerged: Did the people it was sent to ever see it?
January 25, 1987 |
Professional auditors are examining Pennsbury's financial records for the first time this year, and the township supervisors expect to learn from the experience. "Since this is a first-time use, we want you to give us some guidance if we're remiss in anything," Supervisor George Asimos told James Powers, a representative of Maillie Falconiero Co., certified public accountants of West Chester, Monday night. Powers attended the supervisors' meeting to explain how his firm would handle the examination of last year's accounts and file the township's annual financial report required by the state.
June 14, 1986 |
In 1984, within a week after FBI agents searched the desks of auditors in the Philadelphia Revenue Department looking for evidence of longstanding corruption, one dishonest city employee knew what he had to do. Elvin Steinberg, a city revenue examiner for 18 years, met with FBI agent Steven Irons, confessed he'd taken about $35,000 in bribes, and fingered 14 other corrupt city auditors, 21 private accountants who had paid them bribes and 60...
September 14, 1989 |
Congressional auditors, citing a long history of mismanagement and financial fumbling at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, yesterday urged lawmakers to create stronger safeguards against continued laxity at the agency. Testifying before a House subcommittee, officials of the General Accounting Office said HUD's internal financial controls began "disintegrating" in 1974. That was long before the onset of various scandals in which former high- ranking HUD officers and politically connected developers and consultants won fat contracts and fees by bypassing regular channels and appealing to the agency's higher-ups.
September 1, 1991 |
When Republican mayoral candidate Joseph M. Egan was president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., federal auditors twice accused the agency of overstating the number of jobs it had created, and of failing to urge companies here to hire poor and middle-income people. In 1986 and 1988, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development asked the Goode administration to suspend the economic-development programs run by PIDC until the problems cited by HUD auditors were corrected.
January 7, 1990 |
After 42 years as Doylestown Township auditor, Joseph P. Hart was ready to call it quits in l989 when his term expired. Township officials told the lifelong resident that he should run again. But Hart said, "I'm 82 years old. I think I ought to step aside and let somebody else do it. " But nobody else ran for township auditor in the November election and 29 people cast write-in votes for Hart. "I didn't do anything," said Hart. "On election night they called and said, 'You got more than 10 votes so you're elected auditor.
August 9, 1988 |
Defense Department auditors have found routine overcharges by military contractors totalling almost $800 million, the New York Times reported today. Citing what it said was a confidential report by the Defense Department Inspector General's office, the newspaper said a review of $54.3 billion worth of contracts from 95 suppliers showed almost half were "overpriced. " The overcharges totaled $788.9 million, or 1.5 percent of the total value of the contracts audited, and represented 365 of 774 items, the report said.