For Immediate Release
January 4, 2016
$3.3 Billion in Payments to Schools, Counties and Human Services Organizations Will Be Available Beginning Tomorrow
Pennsylvania Treasury sent approximately 16,400 expedited payments in half the usual time.
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Treasury today announced it has completed sending out all the 16,400 expedited payments totaling nearly $3.3 billion and that school districts, counties and human services organizations could begin to receive their delayed state payments as soon as tomorrow. Treasury worked with the Governor’s Office of the Budget to expedite these payments and completed processing them in approximately half the usual time.
Treasury staff also worked over the holiday weekend to begin processing an additional 35,000 payment requests and expects those will begin to be available at the end of this week. All delayed payments should be available within two weeks.
“Treasury staff worked during the past several weeks to pre-audit thousands of critical payments and delivered them in days rather than weeks. In addition, dozens of employees worked over the holiday weekend to begin processing the remaining backlog of delayed payments so we can get them out the door too.”
Timothy A. Reese, State Treasurer
Generally Treasury requires approximately ten business days to conduct a mandated legal and accuracy review, process the payment and send it. However to expedite delivery, Treasury worked with the Office of the Budget during the impasse to identify and pre-audit thousands of payments.
Treasury has sent all the pre-audited payments either electronically or through the U.S. mail for delivery and recipients could receive their payments beginning tomorrow depending on delivery time and method.
To obtain a status of outstanding FY 2015-16 invoices submitted to the Commonwealth, vendors can contact the Office of the Budget utilizing any of the following methods:
- Commonwealth vendors can check the status of invoices submitted for payment using the payment lookup function found on the Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget website (www.budget.pa.gov). To utilize this service when on the web site, select “Services for Vendors”, then select “Payment Lookup”.
- Commonwealth vendors can also inquire on the status of invoices submitted for payment by e-mailing the Commonwealth’s Payables Services Call Center at RA-PSCPAYMENTINQUIRE@PA.GOV or by calling toll free at 877-435-7363 or locally at 717-346-2676. The Payables Services Call Center is open Monday through Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm EST.
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The Pennsylvania Treasury is an independent department of state government led by the state treasurer, who is elected every four years. The department's primary duty is to safeguard and manage the state's public funds. It invests state money to generate income on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania, reviews and processes payments for state government agencies, and serves as custodian of more than $100 billion in state funds. Key Treasury programs include Unclaimed Property, PA 529 College Savings Program and the Board of Finance and Revenue.
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