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Pennsylvania Auditor General
|Pennsylvania Auditor General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$42,393,000|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Pennsylvania Constitution, Article IV, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 15, 2013|
|Next election:||November 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Pennsylvania Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
All officers, whose selection is not provided for in this Constitution, shall be elected or appointed as may be directed by law.
There are no specific qualifications for the Pennsylvania Auditor General.
Article IV, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution grants the governor the power to appoint officers to fill vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the office of auditor general, the governor nominates a successor. This nomination must be made to the commonwealth senate within 90 days of the vacancy. The senate must then take action (confirming or not confirming the nomination) within 25 legislative days.
The principal role of the auditor general is to "determine whether state funds are being used in accordance with the purpose and guidelines that govern each use of the Commonwealth's dollars." The auditor general conducts financial and performance audits of individuals, state agencies, and organization that receive state funds, including school districts, state liquor stores, and public employee pensions. These audits are designed to measure how effectively government programs are using public money to meet their stated goals and objectives. The office performs more than 6,000 audits each year, and is responsible for auditing all federal funds that are allocated to Pennsylvania state programs.
The office of auditor general has four divisions, two of which are focused on the primary duty of the office. The other two have a more administrative focus.
- The Audits division is the largest division of the auditor general's office. There are bureaus within this division that cover every type of financial audit the office conducts: Corporate Tax Audits, County Audits, Departmental Audits, Federal Audits, Liquor Audits, Firefighters' Relief Association Audits, Technical Audit Services, Municipal Pension Audits, Public Assistance Audits, and School Audits.
- The Performance Audits division is separated into two offices that focus on two distinct types of performance audits: the Bureau of Special Performance Audits and the Bureau of State-Owned Performance Audits.
- The Government Relations division contains the offices of Communications and the Taxpayer Advocate.
- The Administration division contains the offices of Comptroller, Support Services, Management Information Systems, Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, and the Municipal Pension and Fire Relief Programs Unit.
Initially, the auditor general was appointed by the governor, but in 1850 the position became an elected office. From 1850 to 1909, auditors general were elected to serve three-year terms. In 1909, the state legislature passed amended the constitution that expanded the terms to four years.
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- See also: Pennsylvania state budget and finances
The budget for the Auditor General in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $42,393,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The auditor's salary is set by statute and subject to cost-of-living adjustments, also known as COLAs, pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Law (amended in 1995). This law mandates that Pennsylvania executives' salaries "shall be increased by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month period for which figures have been officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) immediately prior to the date adjustment is due to take effect."
Under this law, the appropriate salaries were last increased by 1.6 percent, effective January 1, 2015.
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229 Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0018
Email: Auditor General
- Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, "Auditor General Eugene DePasquale," accessed November 18, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, "About the department," June 3, 2011
- Pennsylvania State Legislature, "Executive branch," June 1, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, "Frequently asked questions," June 3, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, "Overview: Department of the auditor general," June 3, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, "Staff directory, department of the auditor general," June 3, 2011
- Philadelphia Inquirer, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
- Pennsylvania Budget Office, "2012-13 Enacted Budget - Act 9A," accessed April 10, 2013
- Pennsylvania Legislature, "Senate Bill: Act 51 of 1995," accessed February 20, 2015
- The Pennsylvania Bulletin, "NOTICES: Statutory Cost of Living Increases for Salaries of State Officials and the Heads of Departments, Boards and Commissions," December 27, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- The League of Women Voters, "Smart Voter: Pennsylvania citizens education fund," June 3, 2011