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.
MAY 22, 2014 | Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations
Topic: Evaluating Public Housing in the U.S.: Reigning in Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Mismanagement at Public Housing Authorities
Explore our PIH related featured news articles and press releases.
- AUGUST 28, 2014 | Housing authority mismanaged money, state inspector says (Source: mySouTex.com)
- AUGUST 12, 2014 | HUD Section 8 Housing Manager Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to One Year and One Day in Prison in Connection with Bribery and False Statements Charges (Source: USAO, SDNY)
- JULY 18, 2014 | OIG audit criticizes public housing asset management
- JULY 17, 2014 | Ex-caseworker in Dallas housing program who traded apartment for sex, lied to feds gets 15 months in federal prison
- JULY 16, 2014 | Opelousas housing employee gets probation in fraud case
Read our latest reports and publications on Public and Indian Housing.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 | AUDIT REPORTS
Asset Repositioning Fees for Public Housing Authorities with Units Approved for Demolition or Disposition Were Not Always Accurately Calculated
Report Number: 2014-NY-0003
AUGUST 29, 2014 | AUDIT REPORTS
The Jackson Housing Commission, Jackson, MI, Needs To Improve Its Administration of Its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Report Number: 2014-CH-1007
AUGUST 19, 2014 | MEMORANDUMS
The South Landry Housing Authority, Grand Coteau, LA, Did Not Always Comply With Federal Procurement and Financial Requirements, Including a Procurement Using Recovery Act Funds
Memorandum Number: 2014-FW-1806 | Funding: ARRA
AUGUST 18, 2014 | AUDIT REPORTS
The Boca Raton Housing Authority’s Administration of Its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Tenant Files Had Some Deficiencies
Report Number: 2014-AT-1008
AUGUST 14, 2014 | AUDIT REPORTS
The Goshen Housing Authority, Goshen, IN, Failed To Follow HUD’s and Its Own Requirements Regarding the Administration of Its Program
Report Number: 2014-CH-1006
AUGUST 13, 2014 | MEMORANDUMS
The Kenner Housing Authority, Kenner, LA, Did Not Administer Its Public Housing and Recovery Act Programs in Accordance With Regulations and Guidance
Memorandum Number: 2014-FW-1805 | Funding: ARRA
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.
- PROCUREMENT & CONTRACTING: FIVE GROUND RULES FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS AND COMMISSIONERS
- 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.