The Philadelphia Parking Authority enjoyed some rare good press recently when it came up with extra money for the city and the school district at the end of its fiscal year.

Soon, a team of auditors will look to see if they can wring more money out of the patronage-rich agency.

As requested last year by Gov. Rendell, the City Controller's Office is close to hiring an auditing firm to conduct a "desk audit" of the authority. Unlike an average audit, this one will seek to judge how efficiently the agency operates, looking specifically at executive salaries and the matter of "redundant management or overstaffing."

The Controller's Office says it expects to hire a firm by next week.