Ryan’s Audit Enforcement Legislation Signed into Law
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) today announced that his legislation to strengthen audits conducted by the state auditor general was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday.

The language of Ryan’s original legislation, House Bill 453, which was designed to cause auditor general audits to be responded to in 120 business days, was fully incorporated into the Fiscal Code (House Bill 674) and signed into law as Act 44 of 2017.

“Our leadership was successful in getting my language inserted into the new Fiscal Code even though I objected to the final bill,” Ryan said. “This new language in the Fiscal Code will save the Commonwealth about $400 million per year!”

The problem Ryan is addressing is the law that provides for the auditor general’s oversight of how state entities spend taxpayer money provides no recourse for the failure by the agencies receiving funds from responding to and potentially implementing the auditor general’s recommended corrections to prevent wasteful spending from being repeated in the future.

“In my examination of the auditor general’s audit reports, I have been stunned to find the amount of times that audit recommendations are ignored and/or not responded to,” Ryan said. “The lack of response, which exposes the Commonwealth to millions, and potentially billions, in wasted funds annually, occurs because the Act of 1929 does not provide for any penalties for failing to correct these deficiencies.”

Ryan is a strong fiscal conservative and an expert in corporate restructurings and management, having brought many organizations back from financial ruin. His detailed proposal to restore Pennsylvania’s fiscal integrity – A Financial Rescue Plan for Pennsylvania – can be read and downloaded at RepFrankRyan.com.

Representative Frank Ryan
101st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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