State Civil Service hiring program analyzed by House State Government Committee

State Civil Service hiring program analyzed by House State Government Committee

The House State Government Committee held an information hearing Wednesday morning to examine the implementation by the State Civil Service Commission of Act 69 and Act 167 of 2016.

These two laws work together to modernize the Civil Service Act application, examination, notification, and hiring practice to discontinue any patronage, cronyism, and or nepotism. The goal is to implement a stronger system to hire more qualified civil service applicants at a faster and more modern pace.

The Pennsylvania Office of Administration (OA) and Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) were both represented in the informational hearing to address members of the committee on how the timeline for civil service applications is being implemented. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

On the same day that Pittsburgh City Council passed a bill to expedite the process of removing lead water service lines from the city’s infrastructure, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner criticized the county’s health department’s response to lead contamination just hours later.

Wagner released her office’s audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) programs in response to elevated lead water levels. In April, Wagner announced that her office would perform the audit after concerns that the health department was not seriously considering water as a source of lead contamination.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Report shows Pittsburgh should be putting $60 million into repairs of some of its buildings

Report shows Pittsburgh should be putting $60 million into repairs of some of its buildings

The City of Pittsburgh needs to spend an estimated $60 million to repair it’s worn-down buildings and structures, including fire houses, police stations, senior centers, and Public Works facilities.  


That’s according to a report by Massaro Construction Management Services on city-owned facilities released Tuesday by Mayor Peduto’s office. The report was commissioned in 2016 to provide a third-party review of Pittsburgh government facilities to help guide city efforts to fully assess their conditions and explore ways to improve them.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Rep. Kim's bill would raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024

VIDEO: Rep. Kim's bill would raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) joined The PLS Reporter to discuss House Bill 1520. Her bill would raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage in increments little by little until it hits $15 per hour by 2024.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Senate to return to session to work on revenue, budget-related bills

Senate to return to session to work on revenue, budget-related bills

The Pennsylvania Senate announced Monday night that they will be returning to session Wednesday afternoon through Thursday to work on a $2.2 billion revenue plan and other budget-related bills in an attempt to move along the close-out of the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 budgets.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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