Philly City Controller warns late reporting could jeopardize billions in federal funding

Pat Loeb
April 30, 2019 - 8:49 pm
City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At a City Council budget hearing, Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart says the city keeps missing the deadline to file audits of its federal grants and warns that could jeopardize billions in funding. 

Every year, the city has to give an accounting of all its federal grants to the controller so she can audit them and assure the federal government the city is spending them as intended.

But questioned by Councilman Allan Domb during the hearing, she said her report is late every year because she gets the information late.

"What do you think the city needs to do to make sure this single audit is completed in the future? Are you saying it's staffing issues basically?" Domb asked at the hearing.

"I think it's staffing issues and technology issues but I think both of those, it's solvable, it's completely solvable," Rhynhart responded. 

Finance director Rob Dubow says his office will be getting five new staff positions in the new budget but he adds, he does have the staff to get the work done now as long as Rhynhart will work with him on the structure of the audit.

"I'm certain that we can work together and if we work together we can get them done more timely," Dubow said.