Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner heavily criticized the county’s Public Works Department, its “lax control” on spending and lack of oversight in an audit released Tuesday.

Within the report, Wagner lamented that several projects accumulated $6 million in construction cost overruns. The problem, according to Wagner, was that the department lacked fixed standards for carrying out its projects.
Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

In the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed “Citizens First” ethics plan, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has proposed similar reforms to be enacted at a county level for candidates and officials.  Controller Wagner’s suggested reforms, similar to Gov. Wolf’s, focus on ethics, transparency, and campaign finance. 
 
Measures would include a gift ban to county officials and staff, placing limits on campaign contributions and making the records publicly accessible, and requiring county officials to disclose outside sources of income.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Controller Wagner releases report on PWSA lead pipe replacement

Allegheny County Controller Wagner releases report on PWSA lead pipe replacement

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released a report Wednesday that took issue with the cost of lead line replacements in Pittsburgh, and also drew push back from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

 

The report comes after the PWSA announced $44 million in funding to replace 2,100 lead service lines in order to meet the authority's consent decree with the Department of Environmental Protection. 

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
As lead levels rise, PWSA faces state oversight, possible restructuring in new year

As lead levels rise, PWSA faces state oversight, possible restructuring in new year

The amount of lead in Pittsburgh’s water rose by six parts per billion according to a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority report Monday, confirming analysis by both the County Controller’s office and a Pittsburgh media outlet. 

 

The latest round of Department of Environmental Protection mandated testing showed the city’s water at 21 ppb. The federal action level for lead, triggering pipe replacements and other remedial actions, is 15 ppb.  

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA should undergo restructuring, not privatization, according to panel review

PWSA should undergo restructuring, not privatization, according to panel review

After a tough year of water flush and boil advisories and partial lead-line replacement controversies, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Blue Ribbon Panel suggests that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority needs to completely restructure its management system, instead of being privatized.

According to its final report released last week, the panel says the reorganization should be completed by March 31 through a contract between the city and PWSA.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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