Program evaluation (11 - 20 of 150 items)
Troubled Asset Relief Program: More Efforts Needed on Fair Lending Controls and Access for Non-English Speakers in Housing Programs
GAO-14-117: Published: Feb 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2014.
For the Spanish translation of the highlights page for this document, see GAO-14-457.What GAO FoundParticipation rates in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), a key component of the Making Home Affordable program (MHA), peaked in early 2010, generally declined during 2011, and remained relatively steady from 2012 through November 2013. As of November 2013, about 1.3 million borrowers h...
Rental Housing Assistance: HUD Data on Self-Sufficiency Programs Should Be Improved
GAO-13-581: Published: Jul 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2013.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds five key grant programs that encourage resident self-sufficiency. In fiscal year 2011, HUD awarded $113 million to the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS), Public Housing FSS, and Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinators (ROSS SC) programs. Public housing agencies (PHA) with HOPE VI grants or designa...
Department of Housing and Urban Development: Opportunities to Improve Management of Mortgage Insurance and Rental Assistance Programs
GAO-13-439T: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) faces financial and risk-management challenges. For the fourth straight year, capital reserves for FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund are below the statutory minimum. Also, declining balances in the fund's capital reserve account have heightened the possibility that FHA will require additional funds to h...
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Agencies Implemented Changes Enacted in 2008, but Project Data Collection Could Be Improved
GAO-13-66: Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
What GAO FoundFederal and state agencies implemented changes made in 2008 to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program by revising program guidance and modifying plans for allocating tax credits. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) implemented the changes made by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) by, among other things, issuing notices and revenue procedures. Program sta...
Information Technology: HUD's Expenditure Plan Satisfies Statutory Conditions, and Implementation of Management Controls Is Under Way
GAO-11-762: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2011.
Information technology (IT) is critical to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) ability to carry out its home ownership and community development mission. Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, require HUD to develop and submit to Congress an expenditure plan for its efforts to modernize the department's IT environment prior to using 75 percent of the funds mad...
Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program
GAO-11-737R: Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2011.
The federal government has numerous programs designed to improve Americans' financial literacy, some of which are targeted at helping consumers determine whether and when to purchase a home, how to manage a mortgage, and how to deal with setbacks that could limit their ability to make timely mortgage payments. However, as we have reported, little is known about the effectiveness of specific strate...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Results of Housing Counselors Survey on Borrowers' Experiences with the Home Affordable Modification Program
GAO-11-367R: Published: May 26, 2011. Publicly Released: May 26, 2011.
To restore stability and liquidity to the financial system, Congress established the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and directed the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to use the authorities granted under TARP to, among other things, preserve homeownership and protect home values. In February 2009, Treasury announced that up to $50 billion in TARP funds had been allocated to...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Survey of Housing Counselors about the Home Affordable Modification Program (GAO-11-368SP, May 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-367R
GAO-11-368SP: Published: May 26, 2011. Publicly Released: May 26, 2011.
This e-publication supplements our correspondence TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM: Results of Housing Counselors Survey on Borrowers' Experiences with HAMP (GAO-11-367R). The purpose of this e-publication is to provide the results of a Web-based survey of housing counselors that we conducted between October 21 and November 5, 2010, as part of our work for the report. These counselors belonged to net...
Military Housing: Enhancements Needed to Housing Allowance Process and Information Sharing among Services
GAO-11-462: Published: May 16, 2011. Publicly Released: May 16, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) paid active duty military personnel over $18 billion in housing allowances in fiscal year 2010. DOD sets housing allowance rates annually based on market costs of rent, utilities, and renter's insurance. Also, DOD has identified 26 installations significantly impacted by expected growth in personnel due to various rebasing actions. The Senate report accompanying a b...
Rural Housing Service: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Farm Labor Housing Program Management and Oversight
GAO-11-329: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2011.
Congress created the Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Loan and Grant Program in the early 1960s to support the development of affordable housing for farm workers. In 2010, Congress appropriated $19.7 million for this program, which is administered by the Rural Housing Service (RHS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). GAO was asked to examine (1) demand for the FLH program; (2) RHS's processes fo...