We audited the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) oversight of its Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building (Community Compass) program. We conducted the audit because we received a complaint alleging that HUD did not ensure that the program operated in compliance with applicable requirements and we had not audited the program. Our audit objective was to determine whether HUD had adequate oversight of its Community Compass program to ensure that it complied with applicable requirements.
HUD did not have adequate oversight of its Community Compass program to ensure that it complied with applicable requirements. The allegations in the complaint had merit. Specifically, HUD did not ensure that (1) expenditures always met program requirements, (2) services were properly procured, and (3) provider subcontractors were approved with consistent wage rates. These conditions occurred because HUD did not (1) have adequate policies and procedures to ensure that providers complied with Federal regulations, (2) believe that the services it procured were a direct benefit to HUD, (3) perform postaward monitoring reviews, and (4) have sufficient controls over its wage rate process. As a result, HUD lacked assurance that providers administered program funds in accordance with requirements as it incurred ineligible costs of $13,384 and unsupported costs of $845,497. In addition, more than $20.5 million in funds can be put to better use if HUD strengthens its internal controls and awards contracts according to procurement requirements.
We recommend that HUD require the providers reviewed to (1) reimburse $13,384 from non-Federal funds for ineligible costs paid to providers for overcharged labor or travel costs, and (2) support or repay $845,497 in unsupported wage and travel costs from non-Federal funds. In addition, we recommend that HUD develop and implement policies and procedures for the Community Compass program to ensure that providers comply with all applicable requirements, thereby putting more than $20.5 million to better use.