Eugene DePasquale

Auditor General

Statewide, PA

Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Ensuring that investments in job creation programs actually create good paying jobs.

 

Eugene DePasquale grew up in the blue-collar city of Pittsburgh, which taught him the important lessons of hard work and earning your way. He also witnessed first-hand how the closing of the steel mills devastated families and communities.

As Auditor General, Eugene has focused on ensuring investments in education are targeted towards what works, that our environment is protected, and that state job creation programs actually create family sustaining jobs. His prior service in the state legislature was highlighted by being the first legislator in state history to post his expenses online and passing an Alternative Energy Investment Act that invested $600 million to ensure a cleaner environment, consumer savings, and job creation.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

Pennsylvania state colleges and universities failed to obtain criminal and child abuse background checks for all workers at youth summer athletic and academic camps on the school's' campuses. 

Solution

After finding a lack of background checks during audits of six universities, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale established recommendations that universities enforce their background check policy for youth camps to ensure that they obtain and retain the appropriate background checks for all student employees, outside temporary workers, temporary part-time instructors, and volunteers who have direct contact with minors at youth athletic and academic camps.