The Internal Revenue Service has launched an in-depth audit of the Philadelphia school district’s financial practices, personnel policies, and payments to contractors.
One IRS document obtained by The Inquirer newspaper lists 28 areas of inquiry and seeks information on reimbursements for travel and meals, the use of district automobiles and credit cards, and “checking-account data for payments that are processed outside the district’s general fund.”
District spokeswoman Shana Kemp confirmed the audit of the district, which has a current budget of $3.2 billion and faces a projected $629 million shortfall. She described the inquiry as random and routine and disputed that it included the School Reform Commission, the board appointed by the governor and the mayor to oversee the district.
A version of this article appeared in the June 08, 2011 edition of Education Week as IRS Opens In-Depth Audit Into Philadelphia District