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2013 U.S. HUD audit of Harris County Housing Authority

2013 U.S. HUD audit of Harris County Housing Authority

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From intro: "We audited the Harris County Housing Authority, Houston, TX, at the request of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fort Worth Office Director of Public and Indian Housing. The request followed a series of news articles alleging mismanagement and extravagant spending at the Authority, the removal or replacement of various former managers and board of commissioners members, and concerns expressed by the new managers.
Our objective was to determine whether the Authority’s procurement, expenses, and financial records complied with HUD’s requirements."
From intro: "We audited the Harris County Housing Authority, Houston, TX, at the request of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fort Worth Office Director of Public and Indian Housing. The request followed a series of news articles alleging mismanagement and extravagant spending at the Authority, the removal or replacement of various former managers and board of commissioners members, and concerns expressed by the new managers.
Our objective was to determine whether the Authority’s procurement, expenses, and financial records complied with HUD’s requirements."

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Harris County Housing AuthorityHouston, TXSection 8 Housing Choice Voucher,Disaster Housing Assistance, NeighborhoodStabilization, and HOME Programs
OFFICE OF AUDITREGION 6FORT WORTH, TX2013-FW-1006 06/19/2013
 
 Issue Date: June 19, 2013Audit Report Number: 2013-FW-1006TO: Dan Rodriguez, Director, Public Housing Programs Center, 6EPHYolanda Chavez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, DGSandra Warren, CPD Director, Office of Community Planning and Development,6EDCraig Clemmensen, Director, Departmental Enforcement Center, CACB//signed//FROM: Gerald R. Kirkland Regional Inspector General for Audit, Fort Worth Region, 6AGASUBJECT: The Management and Board of Commissioners of the Harris County HousingAuthority Mismanaged the AuthorityAttached is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) final results of our review of the Harris County Housing Authority.HUD Handbook 2000.06, REV-4, sets specific timeframes for management decisions onrecommended corrective actions. For each recommendation without a management decision, please respond and provide status reports in accordance with the HUD Handbook. Please furnishus copies of any correspondence or directives issued because of the audit.The Inspector General Act, Title 5 United States Code, section 8L, requires that OIG post its publicly available reports on the OIG Web site. Accordingly, this report will be posted athttp://www.hudoig.gov. If you have any questions or comments about this report, please do not hesitate to call me at817-978-9309.
 
 
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 Audit Report 2013-FW-1006
 
June 19, 2013
The Management and Board of Commissioners of theHarris County Housing Authority Mismanaged theAuthority
 We audited the Harris County HousingAuthority, Houston, TX, at the requestof the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) FortWorth Office Director of Public and Indian Housing. The request followed aseries of news articles allegingmismanagement and extravagantspending at the Authority, the removalor replacement of various former managers and board of commissionersmembers, and concerns expressed bythe new managers.Our objective was to determine whether the Authority’s procurement, expenses,and financial records complied withHUD’s requirements.Our recommendations to HUD includedetermining whether the Authority is insignificant default of its annualcontributions contract, takingappropriate administrative actionsagainst the Authority’s former executive director and former board of commissioners members who wereresponsible for the mismanagement, and requiring the Authority repay $4.5million in ineligible costs, and supportor repay more than $23 million.The Authority’s management and board of commissioners failed to establish a controlenvironment designed to provide reasonable assurancethat it complied with Federal requirements. Theyfailed to enact policies and procedures to ensure theintegrity of financial operations and compliance with procurement requirements. Instead, they neglected their management and oversight responsibilities;wasted Authority funds, at times for personal gain;circumvented existing internal controls; and manipulated accounting records. These conditionsoccurred because the Authority’s management and  board failed to exercise their fiduciary responsibilitiesand did not act in the best interest of the Authority. Asa result, the Authority incurred questioned costs of more than $27 million. Further, due to their actionsand inactions, the former executive director and theAuthority’s board put the Authority in a precariousfinancial position and it did not have sufficient funds torepay a $3.8 million debt due to HUD.In addition, there was a scope limitation on the audit because the Authority did not maintain accountingrecords that supported its sources and uses of funds or  justified accounting entries in its books and records.
What We Audited and WhyWhat We RecommendWhat We Found

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