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We audited the City of Chattanooga’s Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.  We selected the City for review in accordance with our annual audit plan.  Our audit objective was to determine whether the City administered its ESG program in accordance with HUD’s requirements.

The City did not always administer its ESG program in accordance with HUD’s requirements.  Specifically, it did not ensure that program expenditures were adequately supported, payments to subrecipients and drawdowns from HUD’s system were timely, and matching requirements for the subrecipients were sufficiently reviewed.  These conditions occurred because the City (1) lacked adequate policies and procedures and an understanding of HUD’s ESG program requirements, (2) did not cross-train its staff, and (3) failed to adequately monitor its subrecipients.  As a result, nearly $14,000 in program disbursements was not adequately supported, and HUD and the City lacked assurance that matching requirements were sufficiently met.

We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Knoxville, TN, Office of Community Planning and Development require the City to (1) support or reimburse HUD and its ESG program participants nearly $14,000 from non-Federal funds for inadequately supported program expenditures and untimely drawdowns, (2) provide adequate training to staff associated with the administration of the ESG program, and (3) implement adequate policies and procedures for the timely issuance of subrecipient payments and the complete and consistent monitoring of subrecipients’ matching requirements.

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.

Sensitive
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.

Community Planning and Development

  •   2017-AT-1013-001-A
    $705.00

    Closed on August 03, 2018

    Support or reimburse its ESG program participants $705 from non-Federal funds for the inadequately supported pay request.

  •   2017-AT-1013-001-B
    $13,058.00

    Closed on August 06, 2018

    Support or reimburse HUD $13,058 from non-Federal funds for the drawdowns after program grant expiration.

  •   2017-AT-1013-001-C

    Closed on August 02, 2018

    Implement adequate policies and procedures to ensure that payments to subrecipients are issued in accordance with HUD’s requirements.

  •   2017-AT-1013-001-D

    Closed on August 02, 2018

    Provide adequate training to staff associated with the administration of the ESG program to ensure compliance with HUD’s requirements, including timely drawdowns.

  •   2017-AT-1013-001-E

    Closed on August 02, 2018

    Implement adequate policies and procedures for conducting complete and consistent monitoring of subrecipients’ matching requirements, including confirming eligibility and existence of matching funds to ensure compliance with HUD’s requirements.