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Pennsylvania Auditor General

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Pennsylvania Auditor General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $42,393,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Pennsylvania Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Eugene DePasquale.jpg
Name:  Eugene DePasquale
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 15, 2013
Compensation:  $156,264
Next election:  November 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Pennsylvania Auditor General is an elected position in the Pennsylvania state government. The auditor general serves as the commonwealth's fiscal watchdog, ensuring that all state money is spent legally and properly.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Eugene DePasquale (D). He was elected in 2012 and sworn in on January 15, 2013.[1]


Though the state constitution does not specifically create the office of auditor general, it does allow for the addition of public officers in Article IV, Section 1:

All officers, whose selection is not provided for in this Constitution, shall be elected or appointed as may be directed by law.

Given this authority, the Pennsylvania General Assembly created the office of auditor general in 1809.[2]


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.[3]


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."[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]


Pennsylvania state government organizational chart

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.[2]

Full history

State budget

See also: Pennsylvania state budget and finances

The budget for the auditor general in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $42,393,000.[8]


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."[9]

Under this law, the appropriate salaries were last increased by 1.6 percent, effective January 1, 2015.[10]


In 2014, the auditor was paid an estimated $156,264, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]


In 2013, the auditor was paid an estimated $155,797, according to the Council of State Governments.[12]


In 2012, the auditor was paid an estimated $152,443, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2008, the auditor was paid an estimated $141,565, according to the League of Women Voters[13]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

229 Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0018
Phone: 717-787-2543
Fax: 717-783-4407
Email: Auditor General

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