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September 14, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Auditor General DeFoor: DCED Waiver Process for COVID Business Shutdown Flawed; Urges Transparency, Accountability Reforms

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor released a performance audit criticizing the Wolf Administration's waiver process for businesses that asked to remain open early in the COVID-19 pandemic. “This audit revealed a flawed process that provided inconsistent answers to business owners and caused confusion,” DeFoor said. “While the pandemic certainly presented some unique challenges, the process was hastily assembled on the fly, unevenly administered and should be reformed before anything like it is ever used again.” On March 19, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Pennsylvania businesses that were not categorized as “life sustaining” to close to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Businesses could ask to remain open by applying for a waiver from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).



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