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HUD CPD Did Not Enforce the Disaster Appropriations Act, 2013, 24-Month Grantee Expenditure Requirement

We initiated our audit in accordance with our strategic goal to provide the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with services and products to address vulnerabilities, to provide opportunities for improvements, and to recognize positive outcomes.  The audit objective was to determine whether the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) monitored and ensured that its Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, grantees complied with the Act’s 24-month statutory expenditure requirement.

Phony Grant Scams

Beware of fraudsters who say you have been awarded a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but they need an upfront fee. HUD will never email or call to “award” you money.


7 Keys to Handling Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest arise when officials or staff stand to benefit-- either directly themselves or indirectly through business partners or relatives-- from the awarding or contracting of grant funds. Grantees are encouraged to avoid conflicts of interest to the extent possible. When conflicts of interest arise, grantees must identify, disclose, and manage them in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. When conflict-of-interest issues are overlooked or hidden, this creates problems for the individuals involved, as well as grantees, subrecipients, or contractors.

Implementing the Five Key Internal Controls

Internal controls are processes put into place by management to help an organization operate efficiently and effectively to achieve its objectives. Managers often think of internal controls as the purview and responsibility of accountants and auditors. The fact is that management at all levels of an organization is responsible for ensuring that internal controls are set up, followed, and reviewed regularly.

Procurement & Contracting: Five Ground Rules for Grantees and Subrecipients

Goods and services must be procured in an effective manner and in compliance with Federal, state, and local laws.  These laws exist to ensure that funds are awarded through fair and open competition and are spent on eligible and reasonably priced goods and services.  Although the majority of grantees and subrecipients comply with these rules and regulations, we are issuing this bulletin to assist you in identifying potential weaknesses in procurement and contracting procedures

Key Components of Financial Management for CPD Grants

Financial management is the systematic application of procedures, forms, rules of conduct, and standards.  As a grantee or subrecipient of Federal funds, your financial management practices must comply with the cost principles established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  This Bulletin is intended to identify components of a sound financial management system and offer guidance on avoiding some of the common challenges grantees face when managing Federal funds.