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We audited the Red Bank Housing Authority based on the results of our audit of Asbury Park Housing Authority because both public housing agencies had agreements with the Long Branch Housing Authority to provide services.  The objective of this audit was to determine whether the Authority administered its Public Housing Operating and Capital Fund programs in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal, and Authority requirements.  

We found that the Authority did not always administer its operating and capital funds in accordance with HUD, Federal, and Authority requirements.  Specifically, the Authority did not (1) adequately support payments made to the Long Branch Housing Authority for technical, administrative, and maintenance services; (2) follow applicable requirements when purchasing goods and services; (3) adequately support allocations of contract costs among programs; and (4) ensure that disbursements were properly reviewed and approved before making payments.  These conditions occurred because the Authority did not maintain detailed documentation and did not have adequate controls to ensure that Long Branch staff understood and followed applicable HUD, Federal, and Authority requirements.  As a result, HUD did not have assurance that more than $622,000 paid for goods and services was for eligible, reasonable, necessary, allocable, and properly approved costs. 

We recommend that HUD require the Authority to (1) provide documentation to show that more than $252,000 paid under an interagency agreement was for eligible, reasonable, necessary, and allocable costs; (2) update its policies and procedures to ensure that any additional payments made under interagency agreements are adequately supported before payment is made and that services are provided in accordance with applicable requirements; (3) provide documentation to support that more than $334,138 paid for goods and services was reasonable and properly allocated; and (4) provide documentation to show that $36,508 disbursed was for authorized and approved costs.  Further, we recommend that HUD provide technical assistance to the Authority to help ensure that future interagency agreements clearly outline the expectations and documentation required, its board provides adequate oversight and the Authority complies with HUD, Federal and Authority’s procurement requirements when purchasing goods and services.

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

  •   2018-NY-1005-001-A
    $252,000.00

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark Office of Public Housing require the Authority to provide documentation to show that the $252,000 paid to the Long Branch Housing Authority was for eligible, reasonable, necessary, and allocable costs or reimburse its Operating and Capital Fund programs from non-Federal funds for any amount that it cannot support or that is not considered reasonable.

  •   2018-NY-1005-001-B

    Closed on December 14, 2020

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark Office of Public Housing require the Authority to update its policies and procedures to ensure that any additional payments made under interagency agreements are adequately supported before payment is made and that the services are provided in accordance with applicable requirements. These requirements include but are not limited to HUD, Federal, and Authority requirements related to procurement, allocation of costs, and review and approval of payments.

  •   2018-NY-1005-001-C
    $161,600.00

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark Office of Public Housing require the Authority to provide documentation to show that the $161,600 paid for legal, fee accounting, and auditing services was for prices that were reasonable and that the costs were properly allocated among the Authority’s programs or reimburse its Operating and Capital Fund programs from non-Federal funds for any amount that it cannot support or is not considered reasonable

  •   2018-NY-1005-001-D
    $172,538.00

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark Office of Public Housing require the Authority to provide documentation to show that $172,538 paid for goods and services was reasonable or reimburse its Operating and Capital Fund programs from non-Federal funds for any amount that it cannot support or that is not considered reasonable.

  •   2018-NY-1005-001-E
    $36,508.00

    Closed on June 10, 2022

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark Office of Public Housing require the Authority to provide documentation to show that $36,508 disbursed1 was for authorized and approved costs or reimburse its Operating and Capital Fund programs from non-Federal funds for any amount that it cannot support.

  •   2018-NY-1005-001-F

    Closed on December 14, 2020

    We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Newark Office of Public Housing provide technical assistance to the Authority to help ensure that 1) future interagency agreements, including the renewal of its agreement with Long Branch clearly outline the expectations and documentation required to show that work was performed, (2) its board provides adequate oversight of work performed under interagency agreements, and 3) it complies with HUD, Federal, and Authority procurement requirements when purchasing goods and services.