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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale gives Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 clean review

04/17/2015 LNP By Kara Newhouse

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has issued a clean review to Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13.

DePasquale launched a review of IU13, as well as Capital Area IU15 and the state Department of Education last November.

DePasquale said by phone Friday that the review was prompted by some lawmakers' concerns about the Department of Education's subcontracting procedures.

Pennsylvania's 29 intermediate units provide education services to schools throughout Pennsylvania. IU13 and IU15 were included in the auditor general's review because they are frequently contracted by the Department of Education, DePasquale said.

The intermediate unit reviews were not full audits but "limited procedures engagements" that focused on the organizations' contracting procedures and whether they had any improper subcontracts.

A letter sent by DePasquale's office to IU13 on April 7 says no issues were found. The review covered a period from July 1, 2009 to Feb. 23, 2015.

DePasquale said Friday that intermediate unit staff made the process run smoothly.

"IU13 was, (according to) our auditors, the very definition of openness, transparency and professionalism."

IU13 Executive Director Brian Barnhart said in a press release, "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."

IU15, which covers Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and northern York counties, also was given a clean review.

The auditor general audits all public schools, including charters, intermediate units and technical schools, every two to four years. This special audit does not replace those cyclical financial reviews.

The audit of the state Department of Education, which is more extensive, is ongoing, DePasquale said. He expects it to be completed in late spring or during the summer.

DePasquale said there is not a set cycle for auditing state agencies.

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