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We audited Hudson County, NJ’s HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) as part of the activities in our annual audit plan.  We selected the County based on a risk analysis that considered the amount of funding, the risk score assigned to it by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and our identification of potential issues.  Our objective was to determine whether the County committed and disbursed HOME funds in accordance with applicable HUD and Federal requirements. 

The County generally committed and disbursed HOME funds in accordance with HUD and Federal requirements.  However, it did not always maintain sufficient documentation demonstrating that environmental reviews and environmental review exemptions were completed before committing funds as required and did not ensure that address information in HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) was updated for one activity.  This condition occurred because the County’s staff was not familiar with the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) and overlooked the need for data to be updated in IDIS after purchasing a property.  As a result, HUD did not have assurance that the County always completed environmental reviews in a timely manner and maintained accurate information on properties assisted with HOME funds.

We recommend that HUD require the County to strengthen its policies and procedures to ensure that (1) environmental reviews and environmental review exemptions are completed and documented before funds are committed and (2) activity address information in IDIS is current.

Recommendations

Key Details
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  Open
  Closed
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

  •   2018-NY-1001-001-A

    Closed on March 19, 2018

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark, NJ, Office of Community Planning and Development require the County to strengthen its policies and procedures to ensure that environmental reviews and environmental review exemptions are completed and documented before HOME funds are committed.

  •   2018-NY-1001-001-B

    Closed on March 19, 2018

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark, NJ, Office of Community Planning and Development require the County to strengthen its policies and procedures to ensure that activity address information in IDIS is current as required.