Certain programs in HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) have long been a source of concern that we and others have not only reported on over the years but have resisted correction. To better leverage our body of work regarding these areas of concern, we are focusing our work products to spotlight long standing issues so that we may identify and develop solutions. This “Pathway to Improvement” will not only focus OIG attention on these areas but will form the foundation we use to develop and carry out a set of strategies that HUD and the Congress can use as a clearer path to correct these long-standing issues.
The following are the areas of continuing concern:
- Ethics/Governance Structure
- Housing Quality Standards
- Improper Payments
- Movement of Poorly Performing Executive Directors and other Officials from one PHA to Another
- Moving to Work
- PIH Program Oversight and Enforcement
- Procurement and Contracting
- Questionable/Ineffective Use of Administrative Funds
Our goal is to foster positive change that will improve the management of the nation’s public and assisted housing and ultimately the lives of the people who benefit from these programs. This will be a long term and continuing process that will require HUD to put forth innovative solutions and the OIG stands ready to assist where appropriate. In addition, the PHAs themselves and the organizations that represent them can play a critical role in addressing many of these concerns. Working together, we can all help to solve many of these recurring problems.
Explore our featured articles and press releases.
- Medway Man Convicted of Fraud and Collecting Section 8 Housing Funds, February 28, 2014
- Former Victoria Housing Authority Commissioner Charged with HUD and SSA Fraud, February 24, 2014
- Ex-public Housing Authority Head Pleads Guilty to Bribery, February 20, 2014
- Former LHA Director Walter Guillory faces Bribery, Fraud Charges, December 27, 2013
Read our latest reports and publications on Public and Indian Housing.
- The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna, Dunmore, PA, Needs To Improve Its Controls Over Its Operations To Comply With HUD Requirements, February 28, 2014, Report No: 2014-PH-1003
- The Boston Office of Public Housing Did Not Provide Adequate Oversight of Environmental Reviews of Three Housing Agencies, Including Reviews Involving Recovery Act Funds, February 7, 2014, Report No. 2014-FW-0001
- The Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Hopewell, VA, Generally Used Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Program Funds in Accordance With Applicable Requirements, February 4, 2014, Report No: 2014-PH-1002
- The Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, CT, Did Not Always Ensure That Expenses Charged to Its Federal Programs Were Eligible, Reasonable, and Supported, January 24, 2014, Report No: 2014-BO-1001
- The Paterson Housing Authority, Paterson, NJ, Had Weaknesses in Administration of its Housing Choice Voucher Program, January 15, 2014, Report No: 2014-NY-1001
Read our periodic advisories issued for industry professionals with information and guidance on fraud related issues and lessons learned or best practices to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.
- A PRIMER FOR PHA COMMISSIONERS
- AVOIDING EMBEZZLEMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING FUNDS
- DEVELOPING A FRAUD POLICY
From time to time we will release educational alerts to the public about rising trends or other information we uncover regarding improper practices targeting the public. Issuances may also cover tips to help HUD beneficiaries avoid violating program rules and deter such actions with impactful examples.