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Data Use and Regulatory Status of the Indian Housing Block Grant Program
GAO-15-353R: Published: Mar 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2015.
Allocations for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are based on a funding formula that accounts for, among other things, housing stock (the costs of operating and modernizing HUD-funded housing units developed prior to the enactment of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996) and po...
Manufactured Housing: Efforts Needed to Enhance Program Effectiveness and Ensure Funding Stability
GAO-14-410: Published: Jul 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2014.
HUD has established a process for updating the preemptive building standardsfor manufactured homes known as the HUD Code but has not fully met key purposes of the 2000 Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (2000 Act). Key purposes of the Act include:Establish a balanced, consensus-based process to update manufactured housing construction and safety standards. HUD has not accepted, rejected, or modi...
Manufactured Housing Standards: Testing and Performance Evaluation Could Better Ensure Safe Indoor Air Quality
GAO-13-52: Published: Oct 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2012.
Key standards for manufactured homes provide a lower margin of safety against a carbon monoxide exposure incident than those for site-built homes, which are constructed at their permanent locations. For instance, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code requires a minimum 3-foot separation between air intakes and exhaust vents, while industry standards for site-built homes have r...
Residential Appraisals: Regulators Should Take Actions to Strengthen Appraisal Oversight
GAO-12-840T: Published: Jun 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2012.
Data GAO obtained from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the enterprises) and five of the largest mortgage lenders indicate that appraisalswhich provide an estimate of market value at a point in timeare the most commonly used valuation method for first-lien residential mortgage originations. Other methods, such as broker price opinions and automated valuation models, are quicker and less cos...
Real Estate Appraisals: Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures
GAO-12-147: Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.
The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) has been performing its monitoring role under Title XI, but several weaknesses have potentially limited its effectiveness. For example, Title XI did not originally provide ASC rulemaking and enforcement tools that could be useful in promoting state compliance. In addition, ASC has not reported or clearly defined the criteria it uses to assess states’ overall comp...
Mortgage Reform: Potential Impacts of Provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act on Homebuyers and the Mortgage Market
GAO-11-656: Published: Jul 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2011.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd- Frank Act) is intended, among other things, to reform residential mortgage lending and securitization practices that contributed to the recent financial crisis. The act provides some liability protection for lenders originating mortgages that meet nine specified criteria, as applicable, associated with a borrower's ability to rep...
FWS: Migratory Bird Hunting--Late Seasons and Bag Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds
OGC-99-19: Published: Nov 27, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) new rule on migratory bird hunting and late seasons and bag and possession limits for certain migratory game birds. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the rule published on September 29, 1998, to extend the season dates for the state of Mississippi, while reducing the maximum season length from 60 to 5...
USDA Rural Housing Service: Reengineering and Reinvention of the Direct Section 502 and 504 Single Family Housing Program
OGC-97-6: Published: Dec 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) new rule on reengineering and reinvention of the Direct Section 502 and 504 Single Family Housing Program. GAO found that: (1) the rule would set forth revised and combined rules for carrying out the requirements of sections 502 and 504 of the Housing Act of 1949 and combines the current 18 regulations into one r...
[Department of the Interior: Migratory Bird Hunting Final Rule]
OGC-96-48: Published: Oct 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) new rules on the establishment of a youth waterfowl hunting day for the 1996-1997 migratory game bird hunting season. GAO found that: (1) the rules would establish the youth hunting day and the season and bag limits for the 1996-1997 migratory game bird hunting season; and (2) FWS complied with applicable req...