Acquisition of the Coventry Site by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Appears To Be Proper

CED-82-20: Published: Dec 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1981.

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A Virginia Congressman requested that GAO review the purchase of a public housing site in Fairfax, Virginia, by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RHA). The objective of the review was to ascertain whether RHA had used Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds to purchase the site. If RHA used HUD funds to acquire the property, then it was guilty of a breach of its annual contributions contract with HUD since HUD had not authorized the acquisition.

GAO reviewed the RHA accounting procedures and operating fund account, the source of funds used to purchase the property in question. GAO also reviewed the project file including pertinent records and correspondence. GAO interviewed officials at RHA and HUD regarding public housing site acquisition regulations, policies, and procedures to determine if HUD funds were contained in the RHA operating fund or used in the purchase of the property site. At the conclusion of its investigation, GAO found no evidence that any HUD moneys were contained in the RHA operating fund or that HUD funds were used to purchase the property site in question.

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