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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General (OIG), audited the Nampa Housing Authority’s public housing program in response to a local OIG, Office of Investigation, referral.  Our objective was to determine whether the Authority followed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing requirements pertaining to (1) calculating contract rents, (2) maintaining its waiting lists, (3) providing its staff the credentials needed to access HUD systems, and (4) storing and securing tenant files.

We found that the Nampa Housing Authority charged 11 tenants the incorrect rent for at least 1 month, improperly maintained its waiting lists by housing tenants out of order, could not show that all HUD system users had proper credentials and that only employees with credentials accessed the system, and generally stored and secured tenant files properly.

We recommend that the director of the Seattle Office of Public and Indian Housing require the Nampa Housing Authority to (1) reimburse the six tenants who overpaid rent totaling $1,550 using non-Federal funds, (2) develop and implement internal control procedures that support its policy and ensure a proper tenant selection process when selecting tenants for housing, and (3) ensure that the Authority follows all applicable HUD requirements related to accessing, use, and safeguarding credentials of HUD systems.

Recommendations

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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.

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Sensitive

Sensitive information refers to information that could have a damaging import if released to the public and, therefore, must be restricted from public disclosure.

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.

Public and Indian Housing

  •   2021-SE-1801-001-A
    $1,550.00

    Closed on December 03, 2020

    Require the Authority to reimburse the six tenants who overpaid rent totaling $1,550 using non-Federal funds.

  •   2021-SE-1801-001-B

    Closed on December 03, 2020

    Require the Authority to develop and implement internal control procedures that support its policy and ensure a proper tenant selection process when selecting tenants for housing.

  •   2021-SE-1801-001-C

    Closed on December 03, 2020

    Ensure that the Authority follows all applicable HUD requirements related to accessing, use, and safeguarding credentials of HUD systems.