Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner Announces Intention to Audit Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

Apr 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attached is a
 letter that Auditor General Jack Wagner released today, announcing his plan
 to audit the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
                       Department of the Auditor General
                          Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
                      Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  17120-0018
                                 April 17, 2007
                                                       VIA HAND DELIVERY
     Mr. Richard E. Willey
     President and Chief Executive Officer
     1200 North Seventh Street
     Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102-1444
     Dear Mr. Willey:
     The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Department of the
 Auditor General is initiating a special performance audit of the
 Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency ("PHEAA"). Our audit will
 be conducted under the authority of The Fiscal Code (72 P.S. sections 402,
 403) and PHEAA's own enabling act (24 P.S. sections 5104(1.1), 5108), and
 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards as
 issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.
     The audit period will cover from July 1, 2004, to the end of field work
 as necessary. Our initial objective will focus on evaluating PHEAA's
 performance in improving access to higher education for Pennsylvania
 residents, including but not limited to an evaluation of the state grant
 program and an evaluation of compensation, benefits, and expenses.
     During the course of our field work, our auditors will review
 documentation maintained at your offices, including relevant policies and
 procedures; conduct interviews with PHEAA staff and others; and perform
 other procedures as necessary to achieve our audit objectives. Please note
 that audit planning is a continuous process throughout the audit.
 Therefore, we may need to adjust our objectives, scope, and methodology as
 work is being completed.
     Within the next ten days, we will provide you with an initial
 information request; subsequently, we will contact you to arrange a date
 and time to meet with the appropriate staff to discuss the audit.
     If members of your staff have questions, you may contact me at
 717-787-2543, or Helen Weigel, Director, Bureau of Special Performance
 Audits, at 717-787-2150. We would like this engagement to be a constructive
 one whereby our two agencies work together to identify any problems,
 concerns, and solutions, as well as any positive findings related to our
 audit objectives.
     Finally, please note that the Department of the Auditor General strives
 to maintain the highest level of independence and professionalism in its
 dealings with the entities we audit. Our auditors are prohibited from
 engaging in discriminatory practices against any entity that we audit. We
 are also committed to creating and maintaining a work environment for our
 auditors and auditees that is free of harassment, including sexual
 harassment. These principles are embodied in the department's Equal
 Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, Code of Conduct, and
 Sexual Harassment Policy. Copies of these policies and complaint procedures
 are available by writing to the department's Office of Equal Opportunity,
 316-E Finance Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120, or by calling
                                  Stephanie G. Maurer
                                  Deputy Auditor General
                                   For Performance Audits

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General