HARRISBURG – Ronald Naples, the commonwealth’s chief accountability officer for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, announced that he has named Eileen Healy McNulty, a former top executive with the Department of Revenue, as his deputy.
McNulty, currently the chief financial officer with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, will serve as deputy accountability officer. Working with Naples, she will ensure the state’s compliance with federal requirements for tracking stimulus funds and to publicly report outcomes by creating a window for citizens to see the effectiveness of stimulus spending in the state.
“Eileen McNulty has a long and impressive track record of serving the people of Pennsylvania while managing billions of dollars in state tax revenues and working with a broad array of interests, from the legislature to public organizations and constituents,” said Naples. “Her government experience will balance my outsider’s perspective. That balance will be extremely valuable to ensure Pennsylvania makes the most of the billions of dollars we expect to receive under the federal recovery initiative.
“In addition to being impressed by Eileen’s formidable financial management knowledge and skills, her willingness to take a significant pay cut to take this job proves her dedication to ensuring taxpayers benefit from stimulus funds in Pennsylvania.”
Prior to joining the PGCB in November 2006, McNulty was the Department of Revenue’s executive deputy secretary, where she centralized control over information technologies enabling improved electronic filing rates for employer withholdings, sales tax receipts and personal income taxes.
McNulty served as revenue secretary under Governor Robert P. Casey from January 1991 through January 1995. During that time she oversaw the collection of $15 billion in tax revenues and the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery, which then had more than $1.5 billion in annual ticket sales.
McNulty and Naples will work with Department of General Services Secretary James Creedon — who is serving as the state’s chief implementation officer for stimulus funds — and other administration officials to help ensure the effective use of resources provided in the Recovery Act.
She will help the Pennsylvania Stimulus Oversight Commission monitor, advise, and communicate how Recovery Act funds are spent.
The commission includes representatives of the four state legislative caucuses, the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, representatives of the AFL-CIO, United Way, and the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.
McNulty received honors while earning her bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University. She also serves as an internship program judge for the James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation and as a volunteer for the Community Action Commission providing income tax assistance.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s implementation and accountability of Recovery Act funding, visit here.