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September 29, 1987 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The auditor general yesterday criticized the Welfare Department's $2.27 million contracts with a Philadelphia medical firm, saying that the company often had been paid without providing services. In its 11-page report, the Auditor General's Office said the Department of Public Welfare could have saved $730,000 if it had not used North East Emergency Medical Associates as a middleman for hiring doctors at five mental health institutions during a 14-month period ending in June 1986.
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February 27, 1986 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state auditor general this week called on the state attorney general and the Montgomery County district attorney to investigate the possible misuse of taxpayers' money in Abington Township. "I'm not interested in pointing the finger at anyone . . . but there's a lot of money here that could not be accounted for . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars," Auditor General Don Bailey said at a news conference Tuesday in Philadelphia. Bailey, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, released an 81-page special audit outlining results of a three-month review of Abington's finances last year.
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February 18, 1998 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Former State Auditor General Don Bailey said yesterday that he was planning to seek the Democratic nomination for governor, a move that delighted some members of his party who have called themselves uninspired by candidates already in the race. Bailey, a college football star, Vietnam War hero and congressman, has the antiabortion, pro-labor views that conservative Democrats say are necessary to be successful as a Democrat in this state. The two other Democratic candidates for governor, State Rep. Ivan Itkin of Pittsburgh and Montgomery County lawyer Philip J. Berg, are viewed as more liberal - in part because of their support of abortion rights.
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November 21, 1991 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state auditor said yesterday that he was fired for exposing financial irregularities at Cheyney University and providing investigators with information that was critical of his supervisors. "I talked with the investigators and seven days later I'm fired," David J. Musko, 34, of Valley Forge, said in an interview. "A whistle-blower at Cheyney gets fired for cooperation with the investigation. " State officials confirmed that Musko conducted a 1990 audit of Cheyney and recently was cooperating with a state probe of mismanagement at the school.
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August 21, 2002 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state auditor general yesterday suspended his probe into whether the state improperly awarded a consulting contract to Edison Schools Inc., and he referred information gathered so far to a federal agency already investigating. Auditor General Bob Casey Jr. referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, which earlier this month agreed to investigate at the request of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. "We are making this referral because the very same question lies at the heart of both our state investigation into the $2.7 million contract awarded to Edison last summer to study the district and the inspector general's new investigation into the $60 million contract awarded to Edison earlier this month to operate 20 public schools in the district," Casey said.
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December 24, 1998 | By Peter Smolowitz, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Public funds were misused and lawmakers were misled when the state Department of Public Welfare sent a mailing advertising Planned Parenthood's services, according to a state auditor general report released yesterday. A 20-page audit prepared by Robert P. Casey Jr. faulted department officials for sending more than 56,000 brochures on behalf of Planned Parenthood in January. He said mailing material for organizations that promote abortions did not contribute to "the accomplishment of a proper governmental purpose.
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April 16, 2010 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As 37 New Jersey cities hope to hold on to $91 million in Urban Enterprise Zone funding, the independent state auditor issued a report Thursday saying there is little accountability in the program. Auditors found that in some areas programs acquired property without explaining why, that some cities rely on the money to cover municipal services without a plan to replace them, and that a large number of businesses defaulted on loans. The state wasn't "even aware that some of these loans were being written off or defaulting," Auditor Stephen M. Eells said.
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July 15, 2000 | By Matt Archbold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Montgomery County Register of Wills, Ronald Holt, engaged in professional misconduct while employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, according to a report issued yesterday by the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission. The commission, which also recommended that Holt be prosecuted on criminal charges, found that he used the authority of his office for private benefit, earning thousands of dollars by performing auditing services for at least one private client during his regular work hours.
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December 10, 1999 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Based on faulty information from the Philadelphia School District, the state overpaid the district more than $30 million from 1990-91 through 1995-1996 for students who were truant and not being educated in city schools, according to the state Auditor General's Office. State funding of school districts is largely based on their daily enrollments. Auditor General Robert P. Casey's office has found that Philadelphia claimed state funding for 24,054 students who were absent from school in excess of 10 consecutive days during the latest audited period, from 1993-94 through 1995-96.
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January 30, 1996 | By Robert Zausner, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Republican Barbara Hafer, stressing her reputation as the one who "told the truth" about the state's financial problems in the 1990 governor's race, announced her candidacy for state treasurer yesterday. Hafer, who is barred from seeking a third straight term as auditor general, apparently will have no competition in the GOP primary. Among about 200 cheering supporters yesterday in the Capitol Rotunda was Gov. Ridge, who raised Hafer's hand after her speech, pecked Hafer on the cheek, and then made laudatory remarks in her behalf.
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December 19, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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May 14, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 12, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 22, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER The Chester Upland School District on Friday released hundreds of pages of documents it says prove that Chester Community Charter School was authorized to expand up to the eighth grade, but a group of community critics said the paperwork didn't prove anything. Members of Concerned Citizens for Chester's Children said the documents did not show that the school board held a public hearing, as required, or voted to allow fifth through eighth grades at the charter school, which opened as a K-4 school in 1998.
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June 6, 2013
By Keith Eckel I have always been extremely honored to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees. As one of the elected representatives of the agriculture industry, I am keenly aware of the educational mission of our land-grant university. The entire board bears the significant responsibility to be good stewards of that mission and to support the Penn State values of teaching, research, and service. Further, it is our responsibility to oversee a governance structure that supports 96,000 students across 24 campuses, as well as our faculty and staff.
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November 27, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - His first love may have been baseball, but for the newly elected state auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, politics runs a close second. DePasquale's late grandfather was a popular, pothole-fixing city councilman in Pittsburgh who got things done the old-fashioned way - backroom deals and favors. Next month at age 41, the three-term Democratic state lawmaker takes office as Pennsylvania's top fiscal watchdog. DePasquale was first elected to the state House in the aftermath of the legislative pay-raise scandal of 2005.
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November 15, 2012
NORMALLY any column I write involving our state lawmakers includes phrases such as "greed-heads," "overperked," "morally bankrupt," "shortsighted" or "totally inept. " And the names of lawmakers appearing in such columns are almost always pols to watch out for. This time I have one to just watch. He's Rep. Eugene DePasquale, 41, a Democrat representing Republican York County. He's a Pittsburgh native whose family runs a Squirrel Hill neighborhood bar, the Panther Hollow Inn, and whose paternal grandfather, Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale, was a colorful, outspoken member and later president of Pittsburgh City Council.
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November 7, 2012 | Associated Press
The Associated Press has projected Democrat Robert McCord will be reelected Pennsylvania treasurer. The AP is also projecting Democrat Eugene DePasquale the winner in the state auditor general's race.
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November 5, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Republican volunteers who knocked on Autumn Lexer's door Thursday weren't there to pitch Mitt Romney and the other candidates on the GOP ticket. She already had "Romney/Ryan" and "Tom Smith" signs on the yard of her Colonial house in Malvern. "We're Republican voters," she said without hesitation. What the volunteers wanted to know was when she planned to vote Tuesday. If not by noon, they'll give her a reminder call. If that doesn't get her out, they'll likely knock again.
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November 4, 2012 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The campaigns for the next state auditor general and state treasurer draw far less attention in this competitive election season than other statewide contests. But it doesn't mean those jobs and who fills them are any less important. The primary duty of the treasurer is managing the state's hefty financial portfolio - $120 billion - and the auditor general is the state's fiscal watchdog. Incumbent Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat from Bryn Mawr, said he deserved a second term because he had been an adept fiscal steward during the recession and had at the same time reduced spending in his agency.
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