Financial management (21 - 30 of 135 items)
Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency's Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Statements
GAO-10-218: Published: Nov 16, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2009.
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) created the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and gave it responsibility for, among other things, the supervision and oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the 12 federal home loan banks. Specifically, FHFA was assigned responsibility for ensuring that each of the regulated entities operates in a fiscally safe and sound manner, including...
Reverse Mortgages: Policy Changes Have Had Mostly Positive Effects on Lenders and Borrowers, but These Changes and Market Developments Have Increased HUD's Risk
GAO-09-836: Published: Jul 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2009.
Reverse mortgages--a type of loan against home equity available to seniors--are growing in popularity. A large majority of reverse mortgages are insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) made several modifications to the HECM program, including changes in how origin...
Public Housing: HUD's Oversight of Housing Agencies Should Focus More on Inappropriate Use of Program Funds
GAO-09-33: Published: Jun 11, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2009.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided over $6.7 billion in fiscal year 2008 to housing agencies to operate, modernize, and develop about 1.2 million public housing units. It is important that HUD exercise sufficient oversight of housing agencies to help ensure that public housing funds are being used as intended and properly managed. In this report, GAO examines HUD's over...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Defaults and Foreclosures on Home Mortgages
GAO-09-231T: Published: Dec 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2008.
A dramatic increase in mortgage loan defaults and foreclosures is one of the key contributing factors to the current downturn in the U.S. financial markets and economy. In response, Congress passed and the President signed in July the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and in October the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA), which established the Office of Financial Stability...
Gulf Opportunity Zone: States Are Allocating Federal Tax Incentives to Finance Low-Income Housing and a Wide Range of Private Facilities
GAO-08-913: Published: Jul 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2008.
In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma devastated the Gulf Coast, destroying wide swaths of housing, key infrastructure, and numerous private businesses. In response, Congress granted the states a wide range of disaster relief, including billions of dollars of grants and tax incentives to revitalize the Gulf Coast. Specifically, the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-135...
Information on Recent Default and Foreclosure Trends for Home Mortgages and Associated Economic and Market Developments
GAO-08-78R: Published: Oct 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2007.
Substantial growth in the mortgage market in recent years has helped many Americans become homeowners. However, as of the latest quarterly data available, June 2007, more than 1 million mortgages were in default or foreclosure, an increase of 50 percent compared with June 2005. Defaults and foreclosures on home mortgages can impose significant costs on borrowers, lenders, mortgage investors, and n...
Managerial Cost Accounting Practices: Department of Agriculture and the Department of Housing and Urban Development
GAO-06-1002R: Published: Sep 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2006.
Authoritative bodies have promulgated laws, accounting standards, information system requirements, and related guidance to emphasize the need for cost information and cost management in the federal government. For example, the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 contains several provisions related to managerial cost accounting (MCA), one of which states that an agency's CFO should develop a...
Alternative Mortgage Products: Impact on Defaults Remains Unclear, but Disclosure of Risks to Borrowers Could Be Improved
GAO-06-1021: Published: Sep 19, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2006.
Alternative mortgage products (AMPs) can make homes more affordable by allowing borrowers to defer repayment of principal or part of the interest for the first few years of the mortgage. Recent growth in AMP lending has heightened the importance of borrowers' understanding and lenders' management of AMP risks. This report discusses the (1) recent trends in the AMP market, (2) potential AMP risks f...
Financial Audit: The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fiscal Year 2004 Management Representation Letter on Its Financial Statements
GAO-05-598R: Published: Jul 22, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2005.
The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is required to annually prepare and submit audited financial statements of the U.S. government to the President and the Congress. We are required to audit these consolidated financial statements (CFS) and report on the results of our work. In connection with fulfilling our requirement to...
Department of Housing and Urban Development: Lack of Accountability for Computer Equipment Leaves These Assets Vulnerable to Loss or Misappropriation
GAO-04-520R: Published: Apr 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2004.
In testimony in October 2002 and in a report issued in April 2003 we raised concerns about the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) accountability for computers and computer-related equipment bought with government purchase cards. Our review identified a large volume of computers and computer-related purchases for which HUD did not have adequate supporting documentation. In addition...