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Biography of City Controller Alan Butkovitz

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Alan Butkovitz

Alan Butkovitz, City Controller

In his third term as Philadelphia’s chief fiscal watchdog, City Controller Alan Butkovitz remains focused on exposing as much waste, fraud and mismanagement as possible, while making recommendations to do more with less - and saving taxpayers' millions.

This includes the precedent forensic audit of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office that uncovered millions of dollars in questionable financial transactions and led to a complete structural and procedural overhaul of the Sheriff’s Office. Findings from the Controller’s forensic became the essential components that allowed the U.S. Attorney to file criminal charges against employees and others connected to the Sheriff’s Office.

Other firsts for the City Controller’s Office under Butkovitz’ leadership included:
• conducting one of country’s most extensive investigations into charter school operations, which uncovered numerous cases of financial mismanagement questionable spending practices and fraud and abuse, all at the expense of taxpayers;
• implementing the city’s first employee withholding program to collect delinquent taxes, which generated almost $4 million in collections from delinquent taxes owed;
• launching the nation’s first fraud reporting app for smartphones that has allowed citizens to report fraud and waste (including video and photos) directly to the Controller’s Fraud Unit.

Since elected City Controller, his investigations and audits have identified more than $700 million in potential revenues and savings for the city. He proposed hundreds of recommendations to improve the delivery of city services -- aimed at making them more efficient and cost-effective.

Butkovitz won national recognition for his audit of Philadelphia's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) - which found EMS units were arriving late forty percent of the time - and made recommendations for the city to re-coup millions in lost revenues from private insurance carriers.

He was widely praised for his groundbreaking audit of the city's Minority Business Enterprise Council (MBEC) that found MBEC had failed in its mission to remove barriers to minority participation in city contracts. He led the fight to divest Philadelphia pension funds from companies doing business in Sudan because of the Sudanese government's genocide against their own people in the Darfur region. He also initiated the Bank on Philadelphia program that works with community and financial partners to provide financial literacy and access to mainstream banking for “unbanked” Philadelphians.

Prior to be elected as City Controller in 2005, Butkovitz served 15 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where he acquired a reputation for independence, hard work, and innovative ideas.

Butkovitz was also widely praised for leading a three-year bipartisan investigation into violence in Philadelphia public school that led to creating the Office of the Safe School Advocate, the first of its kind in the nation with thAlan Butkovitz with wife Theresaeauthority to fight for victims of school violence and monitor the School District of Philadelphia’s compliance with the Safe Schools Act.

Alan Butkovitz was born and raised in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Overbrook High School, Temple University and Temple University School of Law. He lives in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Theresa.

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