Tracie Fountain is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Drexel University.
Tracie served in the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s office for over 29 years.
Many will define the office of the Auditor General in their own way, but to be clear, this is an accounting position that serves as the fiscal watchdog for PA to identify, and issue recommendations to eliminate fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of taxpayer funds.
In September 2019, Tracie resigned from her appointed Audit Bureau Director position to begin her campaign for Auditor General.
Serving in the administrations of four auditor generals, including Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. She has learned to apply the power of the pen to protect Pennsylvanians and their families.
During her tenure with the Auditor General’s Department, in addition to holding the positions of field supervisor and Technical Training Manager, Tracie has served as the Bureau Director for the five auditing bureaus: School Audits, State-Aided Audits, Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association Audits, Liquor Audits, and Children and Youth Services Audits.
As the Director of School Audits, she and her management team, developed the department’s first school safety reviews after our nation experienced the tragic Columbine shooting in 1999 and conducted the audits of the first 12 charter schools, identifying the charter school funding disparities. She also developed the bus drivers’ qualifications testing, still used by the department today, in response to a Red Lion School District bus driver going off route with a bus load of students.
More recently, as the Director of Children and Youth Services Audits, Tracie developed a risk-based audit approach that lead to the discovery of many Children and Youth agencies’ failure to monitor contracted ‘In-Home Purchased Services’ providers. This would ensure that contracted and paid for services were provided in adherence to executed contract terms and the Department of Human Services’ failure to conduct inspections of these providers’ or push for the legislature to require these types of providers to have criminal background checks.
Currently, the Auditor’s office conducts over 5,000 audits per year, while operating with the smallest Auditor General’s staff in history – the office demands someone with Tracie’s wealth of knowledge and experience.
Tracie is running for Auditor General because she wants to continue the work of her past predecessors and to bring new and fresh ideas to the office from a field supervisor’s and Bureau Director’s perspective.
Tracie’s leadership, through the release of transparent audit reports and established open lines of communications with Pennsylvania citizens, will ensure that Pennsylvania taxpayer funds are efficiently and effectively used for their intended purposes and that funded programs are achieving their established objectives.
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