Housing and Urban Development:

Limited Progress Made on HUD Reforms

T-RCED-96-112: Published: Mar 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1996.

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GAO discussed management and budget problems facing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). GAO noted that: (1) weak internal controls, an ineffective organizational structure, an insufficient staff skill mix, and inadequate information and financial management systems have hampered HUD ability to carry out its mission and led to GAO designating HUD as a high-risk area in January 1994; (2) despite some progress in curing management deficiencies, problems persist and, as a result, will likely continue to make HUD vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse; (3) HUD and Congress must try to reduce excessive housing subsidies, address the physical inadequacies of insured multifamily properties, maintain the single-family insurance fund's financial health, address public housing's social, management, and budget problems, and contain the costs of renewing housing subsidy contracts for lower-income families; (4) Congress and HUD also need to reexamine and reach consensus on housing and community development policy; and (5) HUD downsizing will likely affect its ability to limit financial exposure, carry out its mission, and correct Department-wide management and information system problems.

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