Auditor General DePasquale requests travel details after authorized Pittsburgh Public Schools trip

Auditor General DePasquale requests travel details after authorized Pittsburgh Public Schools trip

What started out as professional development trip has landed Pittsburgh Public Schools administrators in hot water. When it was revealed that Superintendent Anthony Hammel and his deputies made an unauthorized detour to Cuba eyebrows were raised and last week an investigation into the finances and ethics involved was launched. 

And now, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is stepping in. Locally, the district and taxpayers are concerned the administrators involved violated policies on not accepting gifts from outside venders. DePasquale has some questions too and Monday requested that the district provide details on travel by the district and what contracts were used without seeking bids. 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bethany Hallam makes her case for county council seat in unconventional forum

Bethany Hallam makes her case for county council seat in unconventional forum

For nearly 20 years Allegheny County Council President John Defazio (D-Shaler) has sat comfortably in his at large seat. In previous cycles the Pittsburgh native, former professional wrestler, and proud union member sailed to re-election without challenge. That, is until this election cycle. 
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman comes to Pittsburgh for marijuana listening tour

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman comes to Pittsburgh for marijuana listening tour

Since election season Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has loaned support to recreational marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania, and for the past three months he’s gone from county to county hearing from residents on the issue. This Saturday, with his listening tour coming to a close, he ventured to Allegheny County to hear what citizens had to say.  
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Controller audits city’s purchases

Pittsburgh City Controller audits city’s purchases

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released a performance audit of the city’s Office of Management and Budget’s Bureau of Procurement on Thursday afternoon. 

Within the city the Bureau of Procurement is responsible for soliciting bids from venders and awarding contracts to acquire goods and services for city departments. In the audit of the years 2016-2018 after reviewing processes, procedures, and policies for contracts Lamb’s office found that overall the bureau had made strides in some areas. However, in other areas they continue raising eyebrows.
Sunday, May 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: Audits
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils Office of Equity

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils Office of Equity

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Friday signed an executive order creating the city’s first ever Office of Equity. According to Peduto the office, which will replace the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, will focus on addressing inequality throughout the city.

“Based upon the research from the Equity Indicators Report, OnePGH, and the concerns I hear from constituents daily, we know we have more work to do on equity but I am proud of what this administration has been able to do thus far,” Peduto said in a press conference Friday.
Saturday, May 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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