By Jared Sichel | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s top auditor has a message for Penn State — things must change.
The transparency law, which makes public most internal documents at government agencies, now applies to Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities.
But Penn State is an independently managed, “state-related” school, and thus exempt from giving the public access to internal documents, such as emails between top officials, even though it will get $228 million in taxpayer money this fiscal year.
An investigation led by former FBI head Louis Freeh into how the school handled the situation involving Jerry Sandusky — convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse — found evidence of an attempted coverup by top university officials.
The report presented as evidence internal emails between some of Penn State’s highest-ranking figures.
Wagner called for the law to apply to Pennsylvania’s other three state-related schools — Temple, Lincoln, and Pitt.