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2021-OE-0011b-03
Status
Cerrado
Date Issued
Febrero 28, 2023
Closed Date
Agosto 25, 2023
OIG Component Office
Evaluation
Provide field office staff access to historical data in the EBLL tracker to be readily available as needed, with adequate protection of PII.
Program Office
Public and Indian Housing
Questioned Costs
$0.00
Better Funds Use
$0.00
Publication Report Number
2021-OE-0011b

Related Recommendations

Recomendation Status Date Issued Summary
2021-OE-0011b-01 Abierta Febrero 28, 2023

Update HUD regulations, policies, and procedures following the regulatory process required by the amended Lead Safe Housing Rule, in consideration of CDC's lowered BLRV of 3.5 ug/dL.


Status

As of December 12, 2023, the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is considering lowering HUD’s elevated blood lead level to 3.5 µg/dL. OLHCHH is researching the scientific literature of the efficacy of environmental interventions at the CDC’s current blood lead reference value and is preparing to issue a contract for a more intensive study into the efficacy. OLHCHH plans to publish a notice in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period by June 30, 2024.


Analysis

To fully address this recommendation, OLHCHH must provide evidence that it has updated its regulations, policies, and procedures so that they are consistent with CDC’s lowered blood lead reference value of 3.5 ug/dL. Alternatively, OLHCHH must establish that its research led it to determine that environmental interventions in cases of children with elevated blood lead levels between 3.5 and 4.9 µg/dL were ineffective in reducing the children’s blood lead levels and that lowering HUD’s elevated blood lead level regulation to 3.5 µg/dL is unnecessary.

Implementation of this recommendation will help ensure children living in public housing with elevated blood lead levels receive effective environmental interventions.

2021-OE-0011b-02 Cerrado Febrero 28, 2023 Create a plan and timeline that outlines OFO’s proposal to make necessary improvements to the EBLL tracker, such as moving it to a different platform.
2021-OE-0011b-04 Cerrado Febrero 28, 2023 Update the EBLL tracker to show whether one or multiple children have an EBLL and whether the unit, building, or development previously had an EBLL reported.
2021-OE-0011b-05 Cerrado Febrero 28, 2023 Update the EBLL tracker by including which data fields are required, establishing what type of information can be entered into each data field, and disallowing case closure if required information is missing.
2021-OE-0011b-06 Abierta Febrero 28, 2023

PIH in coordination with other HUD offices as necessary, research and address potential causes of the variance in the number of EBLL cases among States on the EBLL tracker and identify solutions that are within HUD's control.


Status

As of November 29, 2023, the Office of Field Operations (OFO) was coordinating with other HUD offices as necessary to determine causes of the variance in the number of elevated blood lead level (EBLL) cases among States on the EBLL tracker and identify solutions that are within HUD’s control. If no determination occurs, OFO will request closure of this recommendation. The estimated completion date is June 30, 2024.


Analysis

To fully address this recommendation, OFO must provide evidence that it coordinated with other HUD offices and identified the causes of the variances in the number of EBLL cases among states on the EBLL tracker. OFO must also provide evidence that it fully remedied the causes of the variances.

Alternatively, OFO must provide an explanation sufficient to support a claim that it could not identify the causes of the variances or develop and implement solutions for problems it identified in its research.

Implementation of this recommendation will result in improved HUD data of EBLL cases of children living in public housing across the country. Accurate reporting of EBLL cases to HUD is essential so that HUD can ensure PHAs take effective environmental interventions that help prevent additional lead exposure.

2021-OE-0011b-07 Cerrado Febrero 28, 2023 Create a plan and timeline that outlines OFO’s proposal to move the LBPR tracker to a different platform.
2021-OE-0011b-08 Abierta Febrero 28, 2023 Develop a timeliness standard in the LBPR tracker to establish expectations for how often field office staff must reach out to PHAs on the LBPR tracker to discuss measures that will resolve cases in a timely manner.