[Allegation That Federal Grant Was Improperly Expended]
B-215591: Published: Mar 24, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on an individual's allegations that a town improperly expended Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funds when it acquired his property. GAO noted that: (1) while HUD did deny the individual an opportunity to accompany the appraisers who inspected his property, this did not create any entitlement for the individual or require HUD to take corrective action; (2) various courts had held that the individual was not coerced into giving up his property; (3) the matter of how the individual's property was classified as wetlands was resolvable under state law; (4) the classification action taken by the state did not taint the condemnation proceedings; (5) changes that the individual proposed to the administration of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act could not be implemented because HUD was no longer authorized to implement the act; and (6) the evidence that the individual submitted did not support an allegation that the town improperly expended federal grant funds.