City of Pittsburgh - Office of the Controller

City of Pittsburgh - Office of the Controller The Controller is an independently elected city-wide official and audits city departments and authorities. The Controller is also responsible for auditing city related expenditures, and making payment to city contractors.

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RELEASE: City Controller Michael Lamb's statement upon today’s City Council vote on American Rescue Plan Trust Fund Doll...
09/14/2021

RELEASE: City Controller Michael Lamb's statement upon today’s City Council vote on American Rescue Plan Trust Fund Dollars:

RELEASE: City Controller Michael Lamb's statement upon today’s City Council vote on American Rescue Plan Trust Fund Dollars:

From Controller Michael Lamb: Pass the Infrastructure Bill, Fix Pittsburgh's Roads and Bridges
08/27/2021
Michael Lamb: Pass the infrastructure bill

From Controller Michael Lamb: Pass the Infrastructure Bill, Fix Pittsburgh's Roads and Bridges

During my time as city controller, I’ve expressed concern about Pittsburgh’s “infrastructure deficit” — the repairs and improvements we should be making to our roads, bridges, wastewater systems and other critical infrastructure compared to what we actually complete eac...

RELEASE: City Controller Lamb's Statement on Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission Findings
08/26/2021

RELEASE: City Controller Lamb's Statement on Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission Findings

RELEASE: City Controller Lamb's Statement on Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission Findings

We're hiring! The Controller's Office is now looking for experienced fiscal and performance auditors. Link below to see ...
08/19/2021
Current Job Announcements | City of Pittsburgh Careers

We're hiring! The Controller's Office is now looking for experienced fiscal and performance auditors. Link below to see more details and apply.

The positions listed on this page are open to all applicants.  To apply for a position listed below, click on the position title and then the "Apply" link!

We're hiring! The Controller's Office is now looking for experienced fiscal and performance auditors. Link below to see ...
08/02/2021
Current Job Announcements | City of Pittsburgh Careers

We're hiring! The Controller's Office is now looking for experienced fiscal and performance auditors. Link below to see more details and apply.

The positions listed on this page are open to all applicants.  To apply for a position listed below, click on the position title and then the "Apply" link!

On July 9th, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber’s 2021 First Friday: A conversation with City of Pittsburgh Controller Micha...
07/12/2021
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce July 2021 First Friday

On July 9th, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber’s 2021 First Friday: A conversation with City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael E. Lamb.

Link to the program:

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce First Friday with City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb

Today the City Controller’s performance auditing section released an audit of Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV).Lin...
07/12/2021

Today the City Controller’s performance auditing section released an audit of Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV).

Link to the Full Report: https://buff.ly/3r1JVfq

“PCTV is a wonderful community asset. From students of all ages who are interested in TV production to adults who look to inform the public with interesting content, there is something at PCTV for everyone in our region” Controller Lamb said.

Today the City Controller’s performance auditing section released an audit of Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV).

Link to the Full Report: https://buff.ly/3r1JVfq

“PCTV is a wonderful community asset. From students of all ages who are interested in TV production to adults who look to inform the public with interesting content, there is something at PCTV for everyone in our region” Controller Lamb said.

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the next speaker for its 2021 First Friday Speaker Serie...
07/07/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: First Friday: A Conversation with City Controller Michael E. Lamb. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the next speaker for its 2021 First Friday Speaker Series, Michael E. Lamb, Controller of the City of Pittsburgh.

Please join us this Friday, July 9th at 8:30am
Link to register: https://buff.ly/3xo38dG

Controller Lamb will discuss the City of Pittsburgh’s Popular Annual Financial Report, a presentation of the city's financial condition, and general economic conditions of the City in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We look forward to seeing you on July 9th, and as always, please follow the conversation on Twitter @GPghCC #PghFirstFriday.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: First Friday: A Conversation with City Controller Michael E. Lamb. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released the 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) and offered an update o...
06/30/2021

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released the 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) and offered an update on the City of Pittsburgh's finances as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can view the 2020 PAFR here: https://buff.ly/3hoLob1

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released the 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) and offered an update on the City of Pittsburgh's finances as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can view the 2020 PAFR here: https://buff.ly/3hoLob1

Today the City Controller’s performance auditing section released an audit of the Citizen Police Review Board, also know...
05/12/2021

Today the City Controller’s performance auditing section released an audit of the Citizen Police Review Board, also known as the CPRB. The report includes 17 recommendations for improvements directed toward the CPRB, City Council, and Mayor’s administration.

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/3eGJLFN

“Both the CPRB and Police Bureau have made strides turning what was once a hostile relationship into a collaborative effort that has the community’s interests in mind,” Lamb said. “That relationship needs to continue for the good of our city and our residents.”

The audit comes nearly six months after city voters approved an amendment to the Home Rule Charter requiring joint performance audits of the Police Bureau between the Controller’s Office and CPRB. Controller Lamb confirmed that the office has initiated talks with the CPRB’s executive director to begin planning that effort.

Today the City Controller’s performance auditing section released an audit of the Citizen Police Review Board, also known as the CPRB. The report includes 17 recommendations for improvements directed toward the CPRB, City Council, and Mayor’s administration.

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/3eGJLFN

“Both the CPRB and Police Bureau have made strides turning what was once a hostile relationship into a collaborative effort that has the community’s interests in mind,” Lamb said. “That relationship needs to continue for the good of our city and our residents.”

The audit comes nearly six months after city voters approved an amendment to the Home Rule Charter requiring joint performance audits of the Police Bureau between the Controller’s Office and CPRB. Controller Lamb confirmed that the office has initiated talks with the CPRB’s executive director to begin planning that effort.

05/07/2021

Letter to the editor: Honoring public servants
https://buff.ly/2RCkqn5
The covid-19 pandemic has made us all aware of the folks we rely on so much

It is Public Service Recognition Week!The President of Council, the City Controller, and the Mayor of #Pittsburgh have i...
05/05/2021

It is Public Service Recognition Week!

The President of Council, the City Controller, and the Mayor of #Pittsburgh have issued a rare joint Proclamation to recognize the countless public employees who work to keep our communities running. Thank you for your service.

It is Public Service Recognition Week!

The President of Council, the City Controller, and the Mayor of #Pittsburgh have issued a rare joint Proclamation to recognize the countless public employees who work to keep our communities running. Thank you for your service.

Today, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb held a press conference and released the City of Pittsburgh’s 2020 Compre...
04/30/2021
City Channel Pittsburgh - YouTube

Today, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb held a press conference and released the City of Pittsburgh’s 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel https://buff.ly/3eMDkQj

Link to the full Report: https://buff.ly/330slgL

City Channel Pittsburgh is the government access television channel for the City of Pittsburgh. Cablecast on Comcast Channel 13 and Verizon Channel 44, the C...

Today, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the City’s Tax Abatement & Tax Increment Finan...
04/23/2021

Today, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the City’s Tax Abatement & Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Programs. These programs are intended to incentivize development, foster community growth, and in the long-term, grow the city’s tax base.

Tax abatements reduce the amount of property tax over a fixed length of time to spur growth of targeted neighborhoods. The audit revealed problems with the City’s abatement program management.

Controller Lamb said, “Now and in the future, it is imperative the City ensures all parcels receiving abatements are receiving an accurate tax credit and/or assessment reduction. These programs will not be successful if they are not offering an appropriate benefit.”

A link to the full report: https://buff.ly/3eGJaTp

“There simply needs to be more oversight of these programs,” said Lamb. “It is essential the TIF Committee is re-established and begins to monitor the life of all TIF projects to maximize effectiveness and allow the city to budget appropriately for future revenue.”

Today, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the City’s Tax Abatement & Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Programs. These programs are intended to incentivize development, foster community growth, and in the long-term, grow the city’s tax base.

Tax abatements reduce the amount of property tax over a fixed length of time to spur growth of targeted neighborhoods. The audit revealed problems with the City’s abatement program management.

Controller Lamb said, “Now and in the future, it is imperative the City ensures all parcels receiving abatements are receiving an accurate tax credit and/or assessment reduction. These programs will not be successful if they are not offering an appropriate benefit.”

A link to the full report: https://buff.ly/3eGJaTp

“There simply needs to be more oversight of these programs,” said Lamb. “It is essential the TIF Committee is re-established and begins to monitor the life of all TIF projects to maximize effectiveness and allow the city to budget appropriately for future revenue.”

The City Controller Office’s fiscal auditing section released its second annual follow-up report today, detailing depart...
04/19/2021

The City Controller Office’s fiscal auditing section released its second annual follow-up report today, detailing departments’ efforts to implement recommendations for audits released since 2018.

“We were pleased to see that departments have been taking these recommendations seriously and are making the appropriate fixes,” Controller Lamb said. “Every recommendation we make has the taxpayer in mind and closes opportunities for waste, fraud, or abuse of city funds.”

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/3eeATFP

The report lists three possible statuses for past audit findings: open, closed, or work in progress. Findings assigned a “closed” status denote that the audited entity has sufficiently taken appropriate corrective actions, while “work in progress” means efforts to implement recommendations are ongoing. An “open” status means the recommendation has not been implemented, either because the entity declined the recommendation or because corrective actions have yet to commence.

The City Controller Office’s fiscal auditing section released its second annual follow-up report today, detailing departments’ efforts to implement recommendations for audits released since 2018.

“We were pleased to see that departments have been taking these recommendations seriously and are making the appropriate fixes,” Controller Lamb said. “Every recommendation we make has the taxpayer in mind and closes opportunities for waste, fraud, or abuse of city funds.”

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/3eeATFP

The report lists three possible statuses for past audit findings: open, closed, or work in progress. Findings assigned a “closed” status denote that the audited entity has sufficiently taken appropriate corrective actions, while “work in progress” means efforts to implement recommendations are ongoing. An “open” status means the recommendation has not been implemented, either because the entity declined the recommendation or because corrective actions have yet to commence.

As Congress gets ready to vote on the latest round of COVID-19 relief, I am grateful to see the inclusion of direct supp...
02/26/2021
Why coronavirus relief for cities is not a ‘blue-state bailout’ - Roll Call

As Congress gets ready to vote on the latest round of COVID-19 relief, I am grateful to see the inclusion of direct support to cities. Nearly a year and two major relief measures since the pandemic first hit, no issue has received more unexplainable pushback.

OPINION — Cities like Pittsburgh have long proved their economic resilience and responsibility but they can’t bear the COVID-19 burden alone.

City Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the Schenley Park Rink Trust Fund (SPRTF).  The audit, which aim...
02/09/2021

City Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the Schenley Park Rink Trust Fund (SPRTF).

The audit, which aimed to determine whether policies, procedures, and internal controls were followed, found a weakness in existing controls, limited policies and procedures for fund administration and irregularities in the rental system. Rental revenue was also not properly resolved in 2018-2019, which lead to an ongoing inaccurate ledger balance.

“It’s clear that the improvements to cash management procedures we recommended in our 2015 audit are still needed,” said City Controller Michael Lamb. “What concerns me are the expenses for items outside of the trust fund’s purpose and why employees felt pressured to approve them.”

Established to support the Dept of Parks & Recreation’s Ice Skating Programs, oversight & control of SPRTF has been transferred between the Dept of Parks & Recreation & Dept of Public Works twice since 2017.

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/3q5KVhp

City Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the Schenley Park Rink Trust Fund (SPRTF).

The audit, which aimed to determine whether policies, procedures, and internal controls were followed, found a weakness in existing controls, limited policies and procedures for fund administration and irregularities in the rental system. Rental revenue was also not properly resolved in 2018-2019, which lead to an ongoing inaccurate ledger balance.

“It’s clear that the improvements to cash management procedures we recommended in our 2015 audit are still needed,” said City Controller Michael Lamb. “What concerns me are the expenses for items outside of the trust fund’s purpose and why employees felt pressured to approve them.”

Established to support the Dept of Parks & Recreation’s Ice Skating Programs, oversight & control of SPRTF has been transferred between the Dept of Parks & Recreation & Dept of Public Works twice since 2017.

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/3q5KVhp

Today, City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the City’s Special Events Trust Fund (SETF)...
08/19/2020

Today, City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released a fiscal audit of the City’s Special Events Trust Fund (SETF).

“Our audit uncovered weaknesses in existing internal controls and a lack of policies and procedures,” said City Controller Michael Lamb. “We also found some questionable expenditures from the fund.”

Controller’s office auditors examined policies, procedures, and internal controls relating to the administration of the SETF to ensure that they are adequate and that fund expenditures are allowable and properly supported. Auditors also reviewed activities relating to the 2018 Farmers Market, Great Race Merchandise sales, and Recreation Center Rentals. The audit covers the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

Link to the full Report: https://buff.ly/3iWze8u

08/06/2020

@MichaelLambPA released a performance audit of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC).

Among the areas the audit reviewed were the PPC’s relationship and communication processes with the City of Pittsburgh and its various departments. The audit also examined the various agreements, contracts and leases between the City of Pittsburgh and the PPC going back to 1998.

“While many of the contracts and agreements reviewed for this audit do not have city funds involved, all contracts and agreements between the City and another entity must be sent to the Controller’s office for placement in our contract database,” said Lamb. “This provides transparency and a central storage location. Contracts between the City and the Parks Conservancy are now available to the public via OpenBook Pittsburgh our contracts database.”

Link to full report: https://buff.ly/2Xwiug8 @PGHController

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Deb Gross - Pittsburgh City Council District 7G Governor Tom Wolf Bill Peduto Lt. Gov. John Fetterman WPXI-TV Pittsburgh Deb Gross and the PHCA- Polish Hill Civic Association Are trying to turn Melwood into a parking lot that will damage out cars and bring down property value WITHOUT EVEN ASKING PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIVE ON MELWOOD!!!!!!!!!! I found out on facebook! No one asked! No one informed us! They should of had to get written consent from every single person on Melwood before this was passed!!!!! HOW IS THIS LEGAL? This was my message to Deb Gross this morning..... How is it legal what you are doing in Polish hill???? I found out from Facebook you are planning to put speed bumps on Melwood!!!! A residential street!!!!! It's not a parking lot!!!! Me and my family have lived on Melwood for five generations and we were never asked or signed anything to approve this!!! Not me, my mother, my cousins who live next me and two houses down! Not my neighbors across the street! Not my neighbors on the next block! You should of had to get everyone who LIVES on Melwood to sign off on this before it passed!!!! You did not do this!!!! How is this even legal!!!! Even the lady I spoke with from 311 said the city of Pittsburgh does not put speed bumps on public streets! Lol I told her your plans and she thought I was crazy!!!!! So at this point if you go ahead with your illegal plans I will tell you that you are opening the city up for multiple lawsuits for damage to our vehicles from driving over these bumps every day. Vehicles are not designed for that. You will be paying for our tires, shocks, struts, axles and frames!!!! Also this will bring our property value down!!No one wants to buy a house on a street with speed bumps!!!!!!!If you of actually asked us who LIVE ON MELWOOD we would said no!!!!!!!
Who can i contact, for immediate compliance of picking up trash that my upstairs neighbor has placed under my back steps? The smell is horrific! I have called the zone 1 police department and was told it was a civil issue, even though I was told to call them since they came to our residence ladt spring, after I knocked to ask if her kids could keep it down at 2 a.m. on a school night, mind you, and she came at me with a snow shovel and almost took my head off. I called the Allegheny County Health Department yesterday, and was told they would send a compliance letter to my landlord and could take up to 30 days. I have dog urine coming in through the ceiling tiles and maggots coming through the ceiling in my daughter's bedroom. My landlord won't do anything, except say the eviction process had been started last March. Please help, I am at my wits end.
There needs to be something done with the recycling of older TVs, they sit on sidewalks forever, get dumped over hillsides, it's ridiculous that there isn't a drop off somewhere for free, or at least a pickup once a month!!! I'm not paying someone either, why should we, our tax dollars pay for that!!!
Picked up my filter today at a firehouse. Absolutely no help with my water bill after going through every channel!