The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Did Not Always Ensure That Its Grantees Complied With Applicable State and Federal Laws and Requirements
We audited the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ (State) Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program because the State was the largest recipient of CDBG funds in New England. HUD awarded the State more than $88 million in CDBG funding for program years 2015, 2016, and 2017. In addition, we had not audited any of the State’s community planning and development programs in the last 10 years.
August 05, 2019
The Boston Housing Authority, Boston, MA, Housed Eligible Tenants and Correctly Calculated Voucher Subsidies
We audited the Housing Choice Voucher program at the Boston Housing Authority because of the size of the program, the time that had elapsed since our last audit, and the inherent program risk. The Authority operates the second largest Housing Choice Voucher program in New England. In addition, our office had not audited any Authority program since 2010. The Housing Choice Voucher program is inherently risky as Congress designed it
April 05, 2017
The City of Springfield, MA, Needs To Improve Its Compliance With Federal Regulations for Its Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Assistance Grant
We audited the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance grant provided to the City of Springfield, MA, by the U.S.
October 17, 2016
The Somerville Housing Authority, Somerville, MA, Did Not Always Support Its Allocation of Costs to Asset Management Projects
We audited the Somerville Housing Authority’s public housing and Public Housing Capital Fund programs as part of our fiscal year 2016 regional audit plan. We initiated our review because the U.S.
August 12, 2016
The Housing Authority of the City of Meridian Did Not Adequately Maintain Its FHA-Insured Rental Apartments
We audited the Housing Authority of the City of Meridian’s Queen City apartments at the request of the U.S.
August 25, 2014
We audited the Chelsea, MA, Housing Authority based on a request from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Boston Office of Public and Indian Housing, which was concerned about financial controls at the Authority. Our audit objectives were to determine whether Authority officials properly implemented financial controls over the allocation of costs, and reasonableness of salaries.
April 30, 2014
The Boston Office of Public Housing Did Not Provide Adequate Oversight of Environmental Reviews of Three Housing Agencies, Including Reviews Involving Recovery Act Funds
We audited the U.S.
February 06, 2014
The Housing Authority of the City of Lowell, MA, Did Not Always Operate Its Public Housing and Recovery Act Capital Fund Programs in Compliance With HUD Regulations and Its Own Policies
We completed a review of the Lowell Housing Authority’s Public Housing and Recovery Act Capital Fund programs, including its force account activities. We selected this auditee based on a news articles identifying concerns with the Authority’s use of force account labor. The objectives of the audit were to determine whether the Authority (1) administered its force account modernization program in accordance with U.S.
September 04, 2013
The City of Worcester, MA, Did Not Properly Administer Its Community Development Block Grant Program
We audited the City of Worcester’s administration of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. We selected the City for review based on a request from the U.S.
July 29, 2013
The Lawrence Housing Authority, Lawrence, MA, Did Not Obtain HUD Approval to Fund a Trust Account and Had Weaknesses in Its Controls
We completed an audit of the Lawrence Housing Authority, Lawrence, MA, (Authority) pertaining to its administration of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.
July 31, 2012