Thursday, June 25, 2009

another angle on education in Pittsburgh

Just getting around to this. I have to admit I haven't read the actual report, but Hoagie has a pretty thorough (if opinionated) synopsis of the recently released audit of the city's housing authority. His first critique is that the housing authority spends too much on education and training especially compared to the city of Pittsburgh. The numbers he has which I am sure come from the controllers report are $523 per employee in 2007 at the HACP vs $75 per employee for City government proper.

But wait... think about those numbers for a minute. I really don't know how the $500 or so compares... but isn't the shocker just how ridiculous that a major employer of any kind spends all of $75 per employee per year for education, training and travel expenses. That is the real story if those numbers are accurate. I would think even crossing guards could use $75 in retraining every year, but almost every other employee certainly needs a lot more than that just to maintain proficiency in each of their respective professions. Wow. Maybe the Controller can audit workforce training standards in the city.

But beyond that.. Unless there is something else brewing , it really is quite a whimper of an ending to the tempest of news there was over the vast Housing Authority spending scandal that briefly took over the local news cycle. If I recall this all correctly, at one point Pat F. was trying to spin this all as if he was a whistleblower on machinations within the Housing Authority. I wonder if anyone will ever sort out all the internal politics that were going on behind the scenes to that. Of course, it all got subsumed by the great billboard blow out.

What is up with the billboard anyway? If we make it a few more days it will be 6 weeks without even a mention Pat F. in the news which will the longest we have gone on that in a few years I think.


Blogger EdHeath said...

That number being an average, I doubt very much anyone but the top dogs are doing any traveling to conferences. Well, at the Housing Authority it appears to be possibly also the middle dogs. Matt mentions being sent to Vegas for a week for a "needed" certification. He suggests someone needs to check all travel authorizations, but that can be tough to do when one of the upper bosses wants to travel. What is needed is for HUD to push Housing Authority training organizations and others to conduct more webinars. Might as well get some use out of those NASA level laptops Matt complained about in his original expose.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I think it is some time around this week that Pat F. will be receiving his last check from the City of Pittsburgh.

Worth every penny.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 3:50:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I swear I knew nothing of Judge James ruling announced today. Probably will reset the Pat F. counter as well.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:16:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

what's odd is the the breaking news blurb says the decision was made yesterday?

Thursday, June 25, 2009 6:28:00 PM  

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