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Funds Put to Better Use
Funds Put to Better Use

Recommendations that funds be put to better use estimate funds that could be used more efficiently. For example, recommendations that funds be put to better use could result in reductions in spending, deobligation of funds, or avoidance of unnecessary spending.

Questioned Costs
Questioned Costs

Recommendations with questioned costs identify costs: (A) resulting from an alleged violation of a law, regulation, contract, grant, or other document or agreement governing the use of Federal funds; (B) that are not supported by adequate documentation (also known as an unsupported cost); or (C) that appear unnecessary or unreasonable.

Sensitive
Sensitive

Sensitive information refers to information that could have a damaging import if released to the public and, therefore, must be restricted from public disclosure.

Priority
Priority

We believe these open recommendations, if implemented, will have the greatest impact on helping HUD achieve its mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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Date Issued

Community Planning and Development

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-H
    Closed on Marzo 31, 2024

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to train the CMU staff on the newly developed policies and procedures and obtain technical assistance from HUD as needed.

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-B
    Closed on Octubre 20, 2023

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to revise subrecipient agreements to include performance metrics and milestones tailored to the activity in sufficient detail to enable the Authority to collect information to effectively assess the activity’s performance.

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-E
    Closed on Marzo 31, 2024

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to develop detailed procedures to ensure that the corrective action tracking process is consistently followed to ensure proper resolution.

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-A
    Closed on Octubre 20, 2023

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to develop and implement monitoring policies and detailed procedures to guide the Authority’s CMU staff in assessing activity performance to meet the subrecipient monitoring requirements and establish written performance metrics to progressively achieve the performance outcome for those activities the Authority administers.

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-G
    Closed on Marzo 31, 2024

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to develop and implement policies and detailed procedures to identify the risk analysis process for monitoring all CDBG-DR-funded activities during the course of the activity and require that the monitoring files document the basis for why an activity is or is not monitored.

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-D
    Closed on Marzo 31, 2024

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to develop a tracking process to ensure that the Authority issues monitoring reports and receives responses to these reports within the timeframe required by its policy. This process should also include a referral to management when the timeframe requirements are not met.

  •   2023-FW-1003-001-C
    Closed on Octubre 20, 2023

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary instruct the Authority to revise the monthly status report template to allow the subrecipient to report its current progress against the established performance metrics.

Special Inquiry

  •   2023-IG-002-1
    Prioridad

    HUD (a) identify all contracts related to its programs that pre-date July 1, 2013 and that have not yet been modified to include Section 4712 whistleblower protections; and (b) review all contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2013, to ensure they include a clause that requires contractors to comply with Section 4712.


    Status

    As of June 2024, we have not yet reached agreement on a management decision with HUD over the corrective action they propose to take to address the recommendation.


    Analysis

    To fully address this recommendation, HUD must (a) identify all contracts related to its programs that pre-date July 1, 2013 and that have not yet been modified to include Section 4712 whistleblower protections; and (b) review all contracts entered on or after July 1, 2013, to ensure they include a clause that requires contractors to comply with Section 4712.

    Implementation of this recommendation will ensure that Section 4712 whistleblower protections will apply to all individuals working for HUD contractors.

  •   2023-IG-002-2
    Prioridad

    Seek voluntary cooperation from program participants to proactively modify pre-2013 contracts for the purpose of including a clause requiring compliance with Section 4712.


    Status

    As of June 2024, we have not yet reached agreement on a management decision with HUD over the corrective action they propose to take to address the recommendation.


    Analysis

    To fully address this recommendation, HUD must provide evidence that it has sought voluntary cooperation from program participants to proactively modify pre-2013 contracts for the purpose of including a clause requiring compliance with Section 4712.

    Implementation of this recommendation will ensure that Section 4712 whistleblower protections will apply to all individuals working for HUD contractors.

  •   2023-IG-002-3
    Prioridad

    Use its best efforts to include a clause requiring compliance with Section 4712 at the time of major modifications to contracts with program participants with whom HUD is unable to gain voluntary cooperation.


    Status

    As of June 2024, we have not yet reached agreement on a management decision with HUD over the corrective action they propose to take to address the recommendation.


    Analysis

    To fully address this recommendation, HUD must provide evidence that it has taken steps to ensure that it is including a clause requiring compliance with Section 4712 at the time of major modifications to contracts with program participants with whom HUD is unable to gain voluntary cooperation.

    Implementation of this recommendation will ensure that Section 4712 whistleblower protections will apply to all individuals working for HUD contractors.

  •   2023-IG-002-4

    HUD seek legislative authority to expeditiously include Section 4712 protections within contracts for which HUD believes it must otherwise wait until there is a major modification.

  •   2023-IG-002-5

    HUD develop and implement controls to ensure that the provisions of Section 4712 are included in all contracts.

Public and Indian Housing

  •   2023-CH-0004-001-C
    Prioridad
    Closed on Marzo 26, 2024

    Implement a system to track field office inspection review activities and create a repository for the support documentation collected to verify the correction of life-threatening deficiencies.


    Corrective Action Taken

    HUD’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) had created a quality assurance tracker as well as a life-threatening deficiency tracker, which contained data specific to the inspections selected by OFO HQs, for quality assurance reviews. The documentation (photographs, work orders, etc.) of the life-threatening deficiency correction was maintained in HUD’s NSPIRE Salesforce system.

    Implementation of the recommendation resulted in HUD creating a system to track HUD field offices’ verifications of PHAs’ corrections of life-threatening deficiencies.

  •   2023-CH-0004-001-B
    Prioridad
    Closed on Abril 02, 2024

    Develop and implement training for field offices that addresses reviewing or following up with PHAs about the correction of life-threatening and non-life-threatening deficiencies and how (1) to review physical inspection reports to effectively ensure that PHAs correct physical deficiencies, (2) PHAs should address or correct each type of deficiency observed in the REAC physical inspection report, and (3) to use PASS or any future tracking system.


    Corrective Action Taken

    As part of the agreed upon management decision, HUD stated that it would provide dates of office hours and specific training related to NSPIRE and the expectations for all types of defects as evidence to close this recommendation. These events will cover: 1) reviewing physical inspection reports to effectively ensure that PHAs correct physical deficiencies, (2) how PHAs should address or correct each type of deficiency observed in the REAC physical inspection report, including life-threatening and severe defects (formerly known as EHS under UPCS) as well as the non-life threatening type, and (3) to use PASS or any future tracking system. Additionally, HUD would provide evidence that training occurred such as logs, sign in sheets, screenshots of total Teams meeting attendees, etc., and copies of the training materials used such as power point slides or meeting handouts.

    However, to close the recommendation, HUD provided only a screen print showing that 257 attendees participated in a one-hour training session, held via TEAMs. It did not provide copies of training materials, handouts, or power point slides. Additionally, HUD also did not provide evidence that it has scheduled or held office hours allowing staff to join and ask questions related to life-threatening deficiencies. Therefore, OA objects to the closure of this recommendation.

  •   2023-CH-0004-001-A
    Prioridad
    Closed on Marzo 26, 2024

    Develop and implement a nationwide inspection review protocol, which includes but is not limited to (1) whether field office staff should mark verification of PHA corrections of life-threatening deficiencies in PASS or any future tracking systems, (2) acceptable documentation for offsite verifications, and (3) whether field office staff should discuss or verify corrections of non-life-threatening deficiencies.


    Corrective Action Taken

    HUD's Office of Field Operations (OFO) created a protocol describing how it would perform quality control reviews of field office oversight of PHAs’ corrections of life-threatening deficiencies. The implementation of this recommendation resulted in HUD creating a protocol that established consistency in the way HUD field office staff monitored public housing agencies’ corrections of life-threatening deficiencies.

  •   2023-CH-0004-002-A
    Closed on Septiembre 20, 2023

    We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary for REAC determine whether PHAs are required to perform annual inspections on 100 percent of their public housing units annually and issue clarifying guidance to all PHAs.

  •   2023-CH-0004-002-B
    Closed on Septiembre 20, 2023

    If REAC determines that 100 percent annual self-inspections are required, establish specific guidance to address the number of units and frequency of PHA self-inspections. If not required, REAC should evaluate whether HUD’s rationale for inspecting a statistical sample rather than 100 percent of public housing units remains appropriate.

  •   2023-CH-0004-002-C
    Prioridad

    Develop and implement a nationwide protocol for field offices, describing how PHA self-inspections should be reviewed, based on REAC's determination of the number and frequency of PHA self-inspections.


    Status

    The Office of Field Operations will develop and implement a nationwide protocol for field offices, describing how Public Housing Agency (PHA) self inspections should be reviewed, based on Real Estate Assessment Center’s determination of the number and frequency of PHA self-Inspections. Enforcing the requirements of inspection timing are dependent upon software changes to NSPIRE.

    The final action target date is August 15, 2024.


    Analysis

    To fully address this recommendation, HUD must provide evidence demonstrating that it has implemented control activities to ensure that public housing properties are inspected within required timeframes. Implementation of this recommendation will result in HUD accurately tracking the dates in which public housing properties should be inspected and that they are timely completed.

Public and Indian Housing

  •   2023-CH-1002-001-A
    $80,685
    Closed on Junio 13, 2024

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Cleveland Office of Public Housing require the Authority to Support the reasonableness of $80,685 paid to a vendor for pest control services without a valid contract or repay its Public Housing Operating Fund or Capital Fund program from non-Federal funds for any amount determined not to be reasonable.

  •   2023-CH-1002-001-G
    Closed on Febrero 02, 2024

    For the contract activities during the period of January 1, 2020, through April 2022, the Director should require the Authority to ensure that its staff is appropriately trained and familiar with Federal procurement requirements regarding cost estimates and cost analyses.