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HUD audit of federal stimulus grant in Port Arthur

HUD audit of federal stimulus grant in Port Arthur

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Audit finding that the city of Port Arthur's Housing Authority mismanaged its federal stimulus funding, Jan. 25, 2011.
Audit finding that the city of Port Arthur's Housing Authority mismanaged its federal stimulus funding, Jan. 25, 2011.

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TO: Dan Rodriguez, Director, Office of Public Housing, 6EPH
 //signed// 
FROM: Gerald R. KirklandRegional Inspector General for Audit, Fort Worth Region, 6AGASUBJECT: The Housing Authority of the City of Port Arthur, TX, Mismanaged ItsRecovery Act Funding
HIGHLIGHTS
In accordance with our goal to review funds provided under the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), we audited the HousingAuthority of the City of Port Arthur’s (Authority) Public Housing Capital FundStimulus (formula) Recovery Act Funded activities. We wanted to determinewhether (1) Public Housing Capital Fund formula grant obligations made betweenJanuary 30 and March 17, 2010, were appropriate, prudent, eligible, andsupported and (2) related procurements were made in accordance with 24 CFR(Code of Federal Regulations) Part 85 and Recovery Act requirements.Additionally, we assessed the Authority’s compliance with Recovery Actreporting and environmental review requirements.The Authority’s Recovery Act obligation was not appropriate, prudent, eligible,and supported because its related procurement was not made in accordance with24 CFR Part 85 and Recovery Act requirements. The Authority violatedprocurement requirements designed to ensure full and open competition andreasonable cost and did not practice sound financial controls over the grant. As a
What We Found
Issue Date
 January 25, 2011
Audit Report Number
 2011-FW-1005
What We Audited and Why
 
2result, the Authority’s obligation of its $725,546 Recovery Act grant and itsresulting expenditures were ineligible. In addition, the Authority did not complywith Recovery Act environmental review reporting requirements and itcommenced site work for its project before receiving environmental clearance toproceed.We recommend that the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) rescind the Authority’s Recovery Act grant, including the $67,640expended, and return the entire $725,546 allocation to the U. S. Treasury. HUDshould also ensure that the Authority complies with procurement requirements,adopts adequate financial controls, and complies with environmental reviewrequirements. We further recommend that HUD prohibit the Authority fromconducting further site work until it receives environmental clearance to do so,regardless of the funding source.For each recommendation without a management decision, please respond andprovide status reports in accordance with HUD Handbook 2000.06, REV-3.Please furnish us copies of any correspondence or directives issued because of theaudit.We issued a draft report to the Authority and HUD on December 21, 2010, andrequested written comments by January 12, 2011. We conducted an exitconference on January 6, 2011. The Authority requested an extension of time toprovide written comments and provided them on January 19, 2011. TheAuthority generally disagreed with the report. We made some revisions to thereport language based on the Authority’s comments but did not revise the overallconclusions and recommendations. The complete text of the auditee’s response,along with our evaluation of that response, can be found in appendix B of thisreport.
What We RecommendAuditee’s Response
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Background and Objectives
 
4Results of Audit
Finding: The Authority Mismanaged Its Recovery Act Funding
 
5Scope and Methodology 16Internal Controls 17Appendixes
A.
 
Schedule of Questioned Costs
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B.
 
Auditee Comments and OIG’s Evaluation
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C.
 
Gulfbreeze – As Built Survey
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D.
 
Learning Center Original Survey
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E.
 
Property Descriptions
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