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Community Development Block Grant

Clark County, NV, Did Not Always Use Community Development Block Grant Funds in Accordance With HUD Requirements

We audited Clark County, NV’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  We selected Clark County for review due to its large grant size and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) risk assessment.  The reporting objective of the audit was to determine whether Clark County followed procurement requirements, ensured that CDBG projects met CDBG national objectives, and spent CDBG funds on eligible expenses.

Navigating the Disaster Assistance Process

This report is for informational purposes only and does not represent an OIG perspective or position. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act was designed to bring an orderly and systematic means of Federal disaster assistance for State and local governments to carry out their responsibilities to aid citizens.  Although, State and local governments may carry out their responsibilities in an orderly and systematic fashion, the path for citizens is not always seen as “orderly and systematic” for a variety of reasons.

St. Tammany Parish, Mandeville LA, Did Not Always Administer Its CDBG Disaster Recovery Grant in Accordance With HUD Requirements or as Certified

We audited the St. Tammany Parish grants department’s administration of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery program, as part of our annual audit plan to review the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 funds.  Our objective was to determine whether the Parish administered its disaster recovery program in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) requirements and in line with its certifications to HUD for its procurement; detection of fraud, waste, and abuse; and Web site maintenance. 

Opportunities for Improvement within CPD's Risk Management Process for Hurricane Sandy Grants

The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) manages $15.2 billion in disaster recovery funding appropriated by Congress in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Sandy Supplemental). CPD distributed the funds to 34 grantees as Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

The City of Pittsburgh, PA, Did Not Always Administer Its Community Development Block Grant Program in Accordance With HUD and Federal Requirements

We audited the City of Pittsburgh, PA’s administration of its Community Development Block Grant program.  We conducted the audit because the City’s program had the second largest number of completed activities without accomplishment information reported nationwide.  Our audit objective was to determine whether the City administered its Block Grant program in accordance with applicable U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal requirements.

Former Bayonne accountant sentenced for accepting bribes in HUD grant scheme

(Source: nj.com) A former accountant for the City of Bayonne was sentenced to 21 months in prison today for accepting bribes in return for funneling hundreds of thousands in federal grant money to a local contractor.

Anselmo "Rocky" Crisonino, 56, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $439,000 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

Former Bayonne Official Sentenced To 21 Months Prison For Accepting $65,000 In Bribes For Awarding HUD Grant Funds

TRENTON, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man, who served as the senior accountant of the City of Bayonne Department of Community Development (CBDCD) was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for accepting $65,000 in bribe payments in exchange for his assistance in awarding projects funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The City of Tuscaloosa, AL, Administered Its Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds in Accordance With HUD Requirements

We audited the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grant.  We selected the City for review because it was allocated more than $43 million in funding to recover from the tornadoes of April 2011.  Our audit objective was to determine whether the City of Tuscaloosa (1) ensured that only eligible projects were selected into the program, (2) ensured that funds were expended only for activities that were eligible and supported, (3) adequately monitored applicant activity and performance, (4) implemented adequate procedures and controls to pr

Watershed contractor ducks lengthy prison term for kickback scheme

(Source: nj.com)  NEWARK — A federal judge Monday sentenced a former contractor for the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. to six months in prison for his role in a kickback scheme, much less time behind bars than sentencing guidelines recommended he should serve.

Giacomo "Jack" DeRosa, 68, previously had pleaded guilty in January in the U.S. District Court in Newark to a charge of laundering $85,000 in kickbacks to the non-profit corporation's special projects manager, Donald Bernard Sr.

Union City, New Jersey, Inspector Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Rig Contractor Selection Process for Community Development Projects

(Source: USAO, NJ) NEWARK, N.J. – An inspector at the Union City Community Development Agency (UCCDA) was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for conspiring with contractors to rig the selection process for home improvement, sidewalk replacement and other projects, causing losses of at least $307,000, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

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