Housing (1 - 10 of 36 items)
HUBZone Program: Oversight Has Improved But Some Weaknesses Remain
GAO-17-456T: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) designates economically distressed areas as Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones), based on data such as unemployment and poverty rates. Since 2008, GAO has issued several products that identified weaknesses in the HUBZone program and made recommendations to SBA to address them. While weaknesses remain, SBA has taken some steps to enhance prog...
Nonbank Mortgage Servicers: Existing Regulatory Oversight Could Be Strengthened [Reissued on April 14, 2016]
GAO-16-278: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2016.
The share of home mortgages serviced by nonbanks increased from approximately 6.8 percent in 2012 to approximately 24.2 percent in 2015 (as measured by unpaid principal balance). However, banks continued to service the remainder (about 75.8 percent). Some market participants GAO interviewed said nonbank servicers' growth increased the capacity for servicing delinquent loans, but they also noted ch...
Mortgage Reforms: Actions Needed to Help Assess Effects of New Regulations
GAO-15-185: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015.
Federal agency officials, market participants, and observers estimated that the qualified mortgage (QM) and qualified residential mortgage (QRM) regulations would have limited initial effects because most loans originated in recent years largely conformed with QM criteria.The QM regulations, which address lenders' responsibilities to determine a borrower's ability to repay a loan, set forth standa...
Property and Casualty Insurance: Effects of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010
GAO-14-136: Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
Surplus lines insurers' premiums written have increased modestly and the companies have generally remained profitable. From 2008 through 2012 premiums written by surplus lines insurers, who sell property/casualty insurance through brokers in states where they are not licensed, grew slightly from $24.8 billion to $25.2 billion and remained stable at around 5 percent of the property casualty market...
State Small Business Credit Initiative: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Performance Measurement and Evaluation
GAO-14-97: Published: Dec 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2013.
As of June 30, 2013, State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) participants--states, territories, and municipalities--had used $549 million of the $1.5 billion the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) allocated to them, nearly four times the amount used as of June 30, 2012. However, the rates at which participants have used funds continue to vary, as shown below. While initial challenges gen...
Financial Audit: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements
GAO-14-170R: Published: Dec 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2013.
GAO found (1) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2013, and 2012, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) CFPB maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2013, although...
Information on Defective Drywall
GAO-13-735R: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
GAO found that numerous claims for damage have been addressed through legal settlements partly paid by commercial insurance reimbursements. Three of the four insurers with whom GAO spoke contributed to legal settlements by paying for CGL claims stemming from lawsuits against their policyholders, and one of these insurers also made payments for CGL claims separate from legal settlements. The legal...
Flood Insurance: Participation of Indian Tribes in Federal and Private Programs
GAO-13-226: Published: Jan 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 2013.
As of August 2012, just 37 of 566 federally recognized tribes (7 percent) were participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and 3 tribes accounted for more than 70 percent of policies. A number of factors have affected tribes' participation. First, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not placed a high priority on mapping rural areas, including many Indian lands, for...
Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule: SEC's Actions and Stakeholder-Developed Initiatives
GAO-12-763: Published: Jul 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2012.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken some steps toward developing a conflict minerals disclosure rule, but it has not issued a final rule. For example, SEC published a proposed rule in December 2010 and has gathered and reviewed extensive input from external stakeholders through comment letters and meetings. SEC has also announced, on several occasions, new target dates for the p...
Management Report: Opportunities for Improvement in the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-12-528R: Published: May 21, 2012. Publicly Released: May 21, 2012.
During our audit of CFPBs fiscal year 2011 financial statements, we identified seven internal control issues that could adversely affect CFPBs ability to meet its internal control objectives. We do not consider these issues to represent material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in relation to CFPBs financial statements. Nonetheless, we believe they warrant managements...