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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1161



Publication of Audit Report on Energy Conservation and Assistance Programs Under Act 164 of 2012

[48 Pa.B. 4381]
[Saturday, July 21, 2018]

 In accordance with the act of October 24, 2012 (P.L. 1308, No. 164), the Department of the Auditor General (Department) gives notice and submits for publication the performance audit report of the audit of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the audit of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) released on July 10, 2018.

 LIHEAP, administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS), is a program providing for energy assistance and weatherization assistance to low-income households. WAP, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), is a program providing for the WAP. The audits of these two important programs for the benefit of low-income residents in this Commonwealth were conducted under the authority of sections 402 and 403 of The Fiscal Code (72 P.S. §§ 402 and 403) and section 6.1 of the Energy Conservation and Assistance Act (act) (62 P.S. § 3016.1). The Department's audit mandate requires the conduct of a thorough performance audit of LIHEAP and WAP in intervals of 5 years.


 Under section 6.1(c) of the act, a copy of the Department's performance audit of the ''energy conservation and assistance programs'' must be published as a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 Consistent with the act, the Department has also transmitted the audit report to the Governor, DHS, DCED, the Office of Inspector General, the Attorney General, the chairperson and minority chairperson of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, and the chairperson and minority chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the House Human Services Committee.

Audit Background

 The Department's performance audit of LIHEAP included three objectives: (1) evaluate whether DHS properly determines eligibility for LIHEAP applicants and authorizes the correct cash or crisis benefit; (2) evaluate the adequacy of DHS' monitoring over LIHEAP eligibility and the authorization of the correct cash or crisis benefit; and (3) evaluate the adequacy of how DHS ensures that energy providers timely make deliveries or reconnect the heating source and properly charge DHS for providing the energy to eligible LIHEAP households. The audit period for LIHEAP was July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

 The Department's performance audit of WAP included two objectives and the audit period varied by audit objective. The audit period was July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017, for the following objective: determine whether DCED ensures that WAP local agencies properly manage their waiting lists. The audit period was July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, for the following objective: determine whether the WAP monitoring activities that occurred during the audit period were in compliance with policies and procedures.

Contact Person

 The contact person for related questions is Christal Pike-Nase, Deputy Chief Counsel, Department of the Auditor General's Office of Chief Counsel, (717) 787-4546, CPike-Nase@PaAuditor.Gov.

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