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Wagner to Wolf: Fire Manderino
(YORK, Pa.) – As a result of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s scathing PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT of the Department of Labor and Industry, released on April 25th, Scott Wagner today called upon Governor Tom Wolf to “begin correcting the damage from his latest failure by firing Secretary Kathy Manderino.”
“If this were a public company, and an outside auditing firm released these details, the FBI would be in here arresting people. There is zero accountability up here, and that needs to change, beginning with the immediate termination of Secretary Manderino,” said Wagner.
DePasquale’s report characterized the behavior of Manderino’s department as “high levels of incompetence.” According to the report, the Department of Labor and Industry “did not separately record specific expenditures in the SIIF account, but rather lumped all expenditures together.” Additionally, the annual Act 34-required reports to the governor and General Assembly were submitted “more than a year and a half late — and contained too few details to be reliable or of value.”
“This is the height of incompetence,” said Wagner, who added, “The Wolf Administration must answer for squandering hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars, especially when our public pension system and schools urgently need funding. The failure of Governor Wolf and Secretary Manderino resulted in the furloughing of hundreds of call center employees, and created chaos for numerous people who needed unemployment support from the state.”