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We audited the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles’ intergovernmental agreements due to our Public and Indian Housing Intergovernmental Agreements Auditability Survey.  The objective of that review was to identify public housing agencies with intergovernmental agreements for potential external reviews due to a previous audit (audit report 2018-LA-1008), which identified the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles as not always following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements and its intergovernmental agreement when it managed its legal services with the City of Los Angeles.  Our audit objective was to determine whether the Authority executed and administered its intergovernmental agreements in compliance with HUD requirements, its own policies and procedures, and the terms of its agreements.

The Authority generally executed and administered its intergovernmental agreements in compliance with HUD requirements, its own policies and procedures, and the terms of the agreements.  In addition, it generally ensured that program expenses for supplemental law enforcement services were adequate in accordance with the terms of its agreements and HUD requirements.  However, the Authority did not ensure that its agreements were updated to include the current HUD requirements.

We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Los Angeles Office of Public Housing require the Authority to change its intergovernmental agreements for supplemental law enforcement services to include the current HUD requirements.