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Funds Put to Better Use
Funds Put to Better Use

Recommendations that funds be put to better use estimate funds that could be used more efficiently. For example, recommendations that funds be put to better use could result in reductions in spending, deobligation of funds, or avoidance of unnecessary spending.

Questioned Costs
Questioned Costs

Recommendations with questioned costs identify costs: (A) resulting from an alleged violation of a law, regulation, contract, grant, or other document or agreement governing the use of Federal funds; (B) that are not supported by adequate documentation (also known as an unsupported cost); or (C) that appear unnecessary or unreasonable.

Sensitive
Sensitive

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Priority
Priority

We believe these open recommendations, if implemented, will have the greatest impact on helping HUD achieve its mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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Chief Financial Officer

  •   2024-FO-0005-002-B
    Update OCFO’s travel card monitoring procedures to obtain, review, and monitor the IBA Use report on a regular basis to ensure compliance with purchases required to be made on the government travel card.
  •   2024-FO-0005-002-A
    Develop and fully implement a departmentwide policy for the monthly transaction review process that requires program office participation and timely completion of the review and certification.
  •   2024-FO-0005-001-A
    Develop a standard operating procedure for the monthly transaction review that aligns with the HUD policy and includes specific procedures on how to (1) identify and review common transactions that raise the level of risk in the program (for example, personal use purchases, other prohibited purchases, unauthorized purchases or services, split purchases, fraudulent purchases, FAR violation purchases, etc.), (2) methodically select transactions for investigation, and (3) follow up on identified potential improper transactions, including record-keeping requirements.

Community Planning and Development

  •   2024-FW-1003-002-C
    Instruct PRDOH and PRHFA to provide training and guidance to participating lending institutions related to the updated guidelines and procedures for determining the financial award granted to HBA participants to ensure that program funds are distributed in an equitable manner.
  •   2024-FW-1003-002-B
    Include, as part of the revised procedures, a requirement to document within each case in SSP a detailed (1) calculation of the household income and (2) the analysis and computations conducted by the PRHFA underwriter for determining the amount of the financial assistance award.
  •   2024-FW-1003-002-A
    Instruct PRDOH and PRHFA to develop and implement clear and consistent guidelines and procedures that establish a verifiable methodology for determining the amount of financial awards granted to eligible HBA participants.
  •   2024-FW-1003-001-B
    Based on the results of recommendation 1A, update the HBA guidelines and the Puerto Rico disaster recovery action plan.
  •   2024-FW-1003-001-A
    Work with PRDOH to determine whether its current method of measuring how many applicants purchased their home through the program is the best way to measure the HBA program’s impact.

Community Planning and Development

  •   2024-FW-1002-002-G
    We recommend that HUD require the City to since the property updates have been completed for the 24 program participants that did not receive the green infrastructure training, provide documentation that any subsequent program participants completed the green infrastructure training workshop before the grant agreement is signed and construction begins.
  •   2024-FW-1002-002-F
    $99,347
    We recommend that HUD require the City to provide supporting documentation for the 4 program participants that did not have adequate income documentation. If the supporting documentation cannot be provided, repay, from nonfederal funds, $99,347.
  •   2024-FW-1002-002-E
    $5,078
    We recommend that HUD require the City to support or repay, from nonfederal funds, $5,078 in the square footage overcharge for work not completed, according to the project design and invoice documentation.
  •   2024-FW-1002-002-D
    We recommend that HUD require the City to analyze the effectiveness of the Retrofit program and identify what improvements are needed to better benefit program participants and lessen their burden, to include obtaining input from program participants, and implement those improvements.
  •   2024-FW-1002-002-C
    We recommend that HUD require the City to develop and implement a plan for how to review the condition of the property updates and determine where repairs are needed.
  •   2024-FW-1002-002-B
    We recommend that HUD require the City to develop and implement a methodology for NORA to conduct periodic evaluations at appropriate points during the construction process to assess the quality of the work on all new properties and correct any issues identified.
  •   2024-FW-1002-002-A
    We recommend that HUD require the City to provide monitoring reports and supporting documentation to show that it conducted periodic monitoring of NORA’ s performance and compliance with program rules and regulations and ensured that NORA promptly remedies any findings or concerns. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that NORA (1) provides adequate oversight of the contractors providing service under the program and (2) maintains documentation to support eligibility for program participants.
  •   2024-FW-1002-001-H
    We recommend that HUD require the City to develop a plan for how the City will continue to fulfill the required monitoring and oversight responsibilities of the National Disaster Resilience programs and projects if it runs out of planning and administration funds before it completes these programs and projects.
  •   2024-FW-1002-001-G
    We recommend that HUD require the City to review misallocated planning and administration funds and reallocate any mistakenly allocated funds to the correct National Disaster Resilience project or grant activity. This measure could make available additional funds for program oversight.
  •   2024-FW-1002-001-F
    We recommend that HUD require the City to analyze the method used to charge planning and administration costs to ensure that all costs are applied to the correct costs category and are valid charges to the National Disaster Resilience grant.
  •   2024-FW-1002-001-E
    We recommend that HUD require the City to develop and submit to HUD for approval an updated planning and administration budget and staffing plan, after reassessing the infrastructure projects in recommendation 1A, to complete the National Disaster Resilience projects with the funds and within the timeframe remaining.
  •   2024-FW-1002-001-D
    We recommend that HUD require the City to revise its risk assessment plan and process to ensure that monitoring is regularly conducted for its infrastructure projects through project completion, including establishing a monitoring schedule to ensure the progression and completion of the infrastructure projects.