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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.
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 information refers to information that could have a damaging import if released to the public and, therefore, must be restricted from public disclosure.
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.
2023-LA-0005 | July 28, 2023
Public and Indian Housing
2023-LA-0005-001-AClosed on July 28, 2023Consider grantee feedback on the challenges they faced as part of ONAP’s planning for technical assistance and training of ONAP COVID-19 recovery program grantees.
2023-FW-0003 | July 21, 2023
Policy Development & Research
2023-FW-0003-002-AWe recommend that the General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development and Research; the Deputy Chief Information Officer; and the Director, Office of Disaster Recovery, identify and incorporate at least one additional data source into the Disaster Recovery Data Portal to further assist grantees with duplication of benefits assessments.
2023-FW-0003-001-AWe recommend that the General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development and Research, and the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer develop the project management documents, as required by HUD’s Project Planning and Management Life Cycle V2.0 policy, including obtaining required approvals and ensuring that an adequate project risk management process is established for identifying, analyzing, and responding to project risks.
2023-FW-1004 | July 13, 2023
Community Planning and Development
2023-FW-1004-001-EWe recommend that the Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery require the State to document and support its decision regarding duplication of benefits and income verification for additional owners of the property under an application.
2023-FW-1004-001-DClosed on July 13, 2023We recommend that the Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery require the State to develop and implement a policy to identify ownership and primary residency earlier in the review process and potential red flags in documentation.
2023-FW-1004-001-CClosed on July 13, 2023We recommend that the Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery require the State to enhance the system used to estimate costs, to include the Wildland-Urban Interface Code required roof valley flashing, or document in the system and its output the different materials and costs used.
2023-FW-1004-001-BWe recommend that the Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery require the State to determine if the proper roof valley flashing was installed on the completed and in progress homes, and if not, require the State to install the correct roof valley flashing using non-Federal funds.
2023-FW-1004-001-AClosed on July 13, 2023We recommend that the Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery require the State to implement policies and procedures that require maintaining documentation to ensure it can support compliance for the installation of 36-inch roof valley flashing.
2023-KC-0005 | June 13, 2023
2023-KC-0005-001-FDesign and implement a data-driven methodology to determine the appropriate mix of origination and servicing monitoring and desk reviews.
2023-KC-0005-001-EUpdate the Save Your Home - Tips to Avoid Foreclosure brochure to include new loss mitigation options as they are introduced and require servicers to send this additional information to delinquent homeowners. This could be done as a redesign of the existing brochure or as addendums to the brochure for temporary programs.
2023-KC-0005-001-DUpdate HUD’s FHA FAQs to clarify current loss mitigation requirements and ensure that outdated guidance is removed.
2023-KC-0005-001-CProvide additional guidance and training to servicers to address common loss mitigation issues found during this audit.
2023-KC-0005-001-BEngage with the servicers in our sample to determine reasons for noncompliance and develop a plan to mitigate it going forward.
2023-KC-0005-001-AReview the loans in our sample that did not receive appropriate loss mitigation options to ensure that the borrowers were remedied by the servicers, when possible, and take administrative actions if appropriate.
2023-KC-1001 | June 13, 2023
2023-KC-1001-001-FUpdate the servicing script to include information related to the HAF program, identify borrowers who may benefit from HAF, and conduct outreach to these borrowers.
2023-KC-1001-001-EIdentify FHA borrowers who received a non-HUD-approved loss mitigation option and ensure that the borrowers receive an updated approved HUD loss mitigation option.
2023-KC-1001-001-DIdentify loans with COVID-19 recovery partial claims that were affected by the improper application of partial claims funds and update the accounts.
2023-KC-1001-001-CUpdate and implement controls to the Nationstar internal system to ensure the correct application of COVID-19 partial claims.
2023-KC-1001-001-BImplement controls and provide employee training to help prevent noncompliance in loss mitigation.
2023-KC-1001-001-AReview the sampled loans for which borrowers did not receive appropriate loss mitigation options to ensure that the borrowers were remedied by Nationstar, if possible, and take administrative actions if appropriate.