We completed a risk assessment of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) grant closeout process as required by the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act of 2016, Public Law 114-117. Our objective was to determine whether an audit or review of HUD’s grant closeout process was warranted. We found that a moderate risk was associated with HUD’s grant closeout process and recommend that a full audit be performed in...
Septiembre 27, 2018
HUD’s Travel Cards Were Used for Unauthorized, Unsupported, or Ineligible Purchases in at Least 950 Instances Totaling More Than $95,000
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited HUD’s travel and purchase card programs for fiscal year 2017 based on (1) our annual risk assessment of these programs and (2) our requirement under the Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 to periodically review government travel and purchase cards. The most recent travel card risk assessment found that there was a moderate risk of...
Septiembre 27, 2018
We conducted this evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) privacy program We assessed the adequacy of agency strategies, plans, controls and practices at the enterprise and program levels. We also examined the level of progress achieved since we last evaluated the program in 2014. We found that HUD had updated its privacy impact assessment processes, and took a more active...
Septiembre 13, 2018
Final Civil Action: The Former Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Beeville, TX, Et Al, Settled False Claims Allegations in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
In violation of the housing assistance payment contract’s conflict-of-interest requirements, the former executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Beeville, TX, executed housing assistance payment contracts on behalf of the Authority with her brother and sister. The former executive director did not fully disclose the conflicts-of-interest and had not sought a waiver from HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing until the OIG’s...
Agosto 21, 2018
HUD’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer Did Not Locate or Recover Its Funds Held by State Unclaimed Property Administrators
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General audited HUD because we learned while doing unrelated audit work that funds HUD was entitled to would be turned over to a State as unclaimed property if they were not claimed. This information led us to conduct searches on several States’ unclaimed property websites and find thousands of unclaimed funds listed in HUD’s name or other similar names. HUD may...
Agosto 07, 2018
On December 21, 2017, smoke spread from a malfunctioning air-handling unit on the 11th floor to parts of many other floors. While a smoke detector in an air duct functioned properly and the fire department was notified, there was no audible alarm or public announcement to notify occupants to evacuate. People in one suite described the smoke as “heavy” and “thick.” HUD and the General Services Administration believe that the fire safety system...
Junio 12, 2018
Final Civil Action: BSR Trust, LLC, Settled Allegations of Making False Claims Related to Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments
On April 17, 2018, the Office of Program Enforcement issued a letter stating that it had reached a resolution under a Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 case regarding Summit Bradford Apartments located in Tulsa, OK, following its review. The Government alleged that the owner submitted 40 false claims under the Act. The Office of Program Enforcement included with its letter the March 28, 2018, settlement agreement with BSR Trust, LLC...
Mayo 21, 2018
This report presents the results of our audit of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) fiscal year 2017 compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA). Fiscal year 2017 marked the fifth consecutive year in which we determined that HUD did not comply with IPERA. We reviewed HUD’s compliance with the six IPERA requirements. Of the six IPERA requirements, HUD did not comply with two (b...
Mayo 15, 2018
Independent Attestation Review: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Special Needs Assistance Continuum of Care, Regarding Drug Control Accounting for Fiscal Year 2017
We conducted an attestation review of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Special Needs Assistance Continuum of Care Program, regarding reporting of drug control accounting and associated management assertions for fiscal year 2017. The objective of our attestation review was to and to provide negative assurance on HUD’s drug control accounting reporting to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (OINDCP) and...
Mayo 04, 2018
Fiscal Year 2017 Review of Information Systems Controls in Support of the Financial Statements Audit
We audited information system controls over the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) computing environment. This review was conducted as part of our audit of HUD’s financial statements for fiscal year 2017 under the Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990. Our objective was to assess general controls over HUD’s computing environment for compliance with HUD information technology policies and Federal information system...
Marzo 08, 2018
We audited general and application controls over selected Federal Housing Administration (FHA) information systems and the credit reform estimation and reestimation process as part of the internal control assessments required for the fiscal year 2017 financial statement audit under the Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990. Our objective was to review the controls for compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...
Febrero 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD OIG), has completed its annual risk assessment of HUD’s charge cards as required by the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, Public Law 112-194, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-13-21. Our objective was to analyze the risks of illegal, improper, or erroneous purchases in HUD’s fiscal year 2016 travel and purchase card...
Febrero 04, 2018
This briefing paper highlights challenges the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) faces in managing and improving its Information Technology (IT) program. This document analyzed past HUD OIG and GAO IT related reports and recommendations to highlight key management challenges in HUD’s IT program. We are highlighting these challenges so HUD leadership is aware of and can be better prepared to address them. The OIG has determined...
Enero 07, 2018
We audited general and application controls over the Ginnie Mae Financial Accounting System (GFAS) as part of the internal control assessments required for the fiscal year 2017 financial statements audit under the Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990. Our objective was to review internal controls over the security, integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the data maintained in GFAS. We also reviewed the functionality and supporting...
Diciembre 14, 2017
HUD has a contract with Leidos Innovations Corporation for E-Discovery services using the E-Discovery Management System. The process for collecting electronically stored information (ESI) and delivering it to customers has two major subprocesses: (1) an initial ESI collection and (2) a keyword search to refine the initial collection results. OGC’s and Leidos’ collection of ESI does not meet customer demand because processing ESI requests takes...
Diciembre 05, 2017
In accordance with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as amended, we are required to annually audit the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the stand-alone financial statements of the Federal Housing Administration and the Government National Mortgage Administration (Ginnie Mae). Our objective was to express an opinion on the fairness of HUD’s consolidated financial...
Noviembre 15, 2017
Additional Details To Supplement Our Fiscal Years 2017 and 2016 (Restated) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Financial Statement Audit
This report was reissued on December 6, 2017 to correct an error in recommendation 2G found in Finding 2. Recommendation 2G now reflects the correct prior year recommendation that must be reopened. We are required to audit the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually in accordance with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 as amended. This report supplements our independent...
Noviembre 14, 2017
Audit of the Government National Mortgage Association’s Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2016 (Restated)
This report presents the results of our audit of Ginnie Mae’s fiscal years 2017 and 2016 (restated) financial statements, including our report on Ginnie Mae’s internal control and test of compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations applicable to Ginnie Mae. In fiscal year 2017, for the fourth consecutive year, we were unable to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion on the fairness of the $3.6 billion (net...
Noviembre 13, 2017
In accordance with the statutory requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) and standards established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), we audited the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s (OCFO) compliance with the DATA Act for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. In the DATA Act Compliance Audit of the U.S. Department of Housing...
Noviembre 03, 2017
HUD Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Information Security Modernization Act Of 2014 (FISMA) Evaluation Report
The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) directs Inspectors General to conduct an annual evaluation of the agency information security program. FISMA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) establish information technology (IT) security guidance and standards for Federal agencies. We conducted this evaluation to assess the...
Octubre 31, 2017