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In accordance with our annual audit plan to review public housing programs and based upon our regional risk analysis, we reviewed the Covington Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.  Our objective was to determine whether the Authority administered its program in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations and its administrative plan. 

The Authority generally followed HUD’s requirements in administering its program.  It generally performed reexaminations annually, ensured eligibility of program participants, and maintained support for its March 2013 SEMAP scores.  However, for the 12 participant files reviewed, we found minor errors regarding participant income calculations, medical insurance payment documentation, and housing assistance and utility calculations.  The minor errors were not material to the Authority’s overall operations.  We addressed these issues to the Authority and the HUD New Orleans Public Housing Director in a separate memorandum, dated February 26, 2015.  Since the Authority generally complied with HUD requirements, we do not recommend corrective action.