High Risk Series:

Department of Housing and Urban Development

HR-95-11: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.

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GAO reviewed several high-risk problems at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), focusing on the Department's: (1) internal controls; (2) organizational structure; (3) staff skills; and (4) information and financial management systems.

GAO found that: (1) HUD has begun actions to address its long-standing management problems, but its leadership must provide sustained focus, commitment, and consistent follow-up for the plans to be effective; (2) HUD has proposed a new management approach to balance its financial and performance needs; (3) HUD has implemented a new management planning and control program and other actions to address its internal control problems departmentwide; (4) HUD has improved its lines of authority, eliminated its 10 regional offices and realigned field offices into state and area offices in order to enhance communications, reduced its review and approval process, and improved customer service, but it could take additional actions to improve program management; (5) HUD has increased training opportunities to upgrade staff skills and plans to make more effective use of its limited staff; (6) HUD has taken steps to improve its information and financial management systems; (7) the proposed HUD reinvention plan includes consolidating programs and moving to performance-based funding, transforming the public housing program, and creating an entrepreneurial government-owned Federal Housing Administration corporation; (8) the proposed HUD reinvention plan would shift program design and implementation responsibilities to states and localities to make them more responsive to local needs; and (9) HUD would assume an oversight role and serve as a clearinghouse for program information under this reinvention proposal.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: An Overview HR-95-1, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Quick Reference Guide HR-95-2, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Management HR-95-3, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-95-4, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-95-5, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-95-6, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-95-7, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-95-8, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Farm Loan Programs HR-95-9, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Student Financial Aid HR-95-10, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Department of Housing and Urban Development HR-95-11, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-95-12, Feb 1, 1995

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