Senate Republicans Comment on Auditor General’s Findings On Department of Labor & Industry Management of UC System

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) released the following statement on Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s findings on the Department of Labor & Industry’s management of the Unemployment Compensation System.

“In 2013 we passed a law that appropriated $178 million over four years that was specifically designated for  ‘significant and lasting improvements to the (Unemployment Compensation) system.’  The results of the audit raises even more questions.

“The Auditor General’s inability ‘to determine whether all the funds were used appropriately’ validates our concerns about the state’s Department of Labor & Industry and its management of the Unemployment Compensation (UC) system.

“These audit findings reinforce our decision to resist writing a $57 million check to the department in October as requested by the Wolf Administration. Our opposition to doing so without receiving additional accountability resulted in this audit and the Auditor General’s findings of ‘very high levels of incompetence’ in managing the UC system.

“We recently provided $15 million in funding for the sole purpose of providing a window for those waiting for their UC money to receive their payment. That money provides breathing room to review the Auditor General’s findings and recommendations to determine how to best move the state’s UC system forward. But the audit does leave us asking – if the Auditor General cannot account for this money and the spending, then who can?”

 

CONTACTS: Kate Eckhart – Senator Scarnati (717) 787-7084

                       Jenn Kocher – Senator Corman (717) 787-1377