The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General is one of the original 12 Inspectors General authorized under the Inspector General Act of 1978.
Over the years, we have forged a strong alliance with HUD personnel in recommending ways to improve departmental operations and in prosecuting program abuses. We strive to make a difference in HUD's performance and accountability.
We are committed to our statutory mission of detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse and promoting the effectiveness and efficiency of government operations. While organizationally we are located within the Department, we operate independently with separate budgetary authority.
This independence allows for clear and objective reporting to the Secretary and the Congress. Our activities seek to:
- Promote efficiency and effectiveness in programs and operations;
- Detect and deter fraud and abuse;
- Investigate allegations of misconduct by HUD employees; and
- Review and make recommendations regarding existing and proposed legislation and regulations affecting HUD.
The Executive Office and the Offices of Audit, Investigation, Counsel, and Management and Policy are located in Headquarters. Also, the Offices of Audit and Investigation have staff located in eight regions and numerous field offices.