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IU13 is in Full Compliance According to PA Auditor General

04/14/2015

Limited Procedures Engagement Finalized

Lancaster, PA: Following a Limited Procedures Engagement by the Pennsylvania Auditor General, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 received confirmation that all services provided by the organization are in full compliance based on the review. Concluding the review, the Auditor General exit interview contained no written or verbal comments or deficiencies.

The Limited Procedures Engagement, which took nearly five months to complete, reviewed IU13 files dating back to July 1, 2009. Specifically, the Auditor General reviewed the: written policies and procedures IU13 followed when entering into intergovernmental agreements (i.e., contracts) a selection of work that IU13 was contracted to complete for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the hiring and monitoring of independent subcontractors to complete work assignments (i.e., evidence of work logs and deliverables), and the process of preventing independent contractors from enrollment in the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS).

A full copy of the Auditor General’s letter is available here.

Upon receiving notification of the Limited Procedures Engagement, IU13 publicly announced that they would fully comply with all requests in order to streamline the process. IU13 also reached out to the Auditor General and key legislators to discuss specific requests. As noted by Dr. Brian Barnhart, Executive Director of IU13 “based on the very nature of our work, we are routinely audited. In fact, we look forward to the opportunity to present our detailed work to the Auditor General.”

At the conclusion of the Limited Procedures Engagement, the auditors held an “exit interview” with IU13 administrators to review details and results of the process. The auditors noted that IU13 was extremely accommodating throughout the process.

During the exit interview it was also noted that IU13 greeted the auditors with professionalism and a willingness to comply with requests in a prompt manner. “This is a testament to our CFO, Gina Brillhart, and the effectiveness of the established procedures in place throughout our organization and our organization-wide commitment to maintaining strong internal controls for accountability and transparency,” commented Barnhart.

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services to schools and communities across the state and beyond. IU13 serves the 22 public school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as students in nonpublic schools, preschoolers, and adult learners throughout Pennsylvania, with the core compelling purpose of improving student learning.

IU13 also administers the Harrisburg location of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, working in partnership with families and education agencies to support programs and services to improve student learning and achievement. 

IU13 is one of the largest employers in Lancaster County with 1,400 fulltime, parttime and seasonal staff members.Based on the initial announcement by the Auditor General in November 2014, it is anticipated that all intermediate units across the Commonwealth will be subject to the same Limited Procedures Engagement. There are 29 intermediate units in Pennsylvania, each independently operated and serving the needs of the local schools.