Audit says there was no bidding process in most large Allegheny County contracts

Christopher Huffaker | May 8, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The majority of Allegheny County’s large purchases are not publicly bid, according to an audit released Wednesday by the County Controller’s office.

From January 2017 to June 2018, 145 contracts for purchases over $30,000 were made by “piggybacking” onto existing government contracts. The county Purchasing Division conducted 126 bid processes in the same period.

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Taxpayers’ bill for settling Pa. sexual harassment claims is at least $3.2 million over 8 years

Liv Navratil and Angela Couloumbis | January 31, 2018, Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — State officials have paid at least $3.2 million in taxpayer funds in the last eight years to resolve more than two dozen sexual harassment complaints against government and public employees, according to an analysis by the Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News.

Much of the money went to pay settlements and legal fees for complaints filed in courts around the state involving legislators and workers in the executive branch, row offices, the courts, as well as universities in the state’s System of Higher Education. The allegations ranged from inappropriate jokes to exposure to pornography to sexual assault. In some cases, employees claimed they were retaliated against for reporting the behavior.

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