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The Department of Housing and Urban Development takes a "point-in-time" count to gauge how many people are experiencing homelessness on a single night. HUD relies on local communities to provide the count.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency's goal is to keep the housing finance system healthy by supervising and regulating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System.
The agency spent $317.6 million in FY 2021 to do its work.
In the U.S., about 1 in 10 young adults and 1 in 30 minors under age 18 experience homelessness without a parent or caregiver over the course of a year. Homelessness is higher among some groups, such as youth of color and transgender youth.
Millions of Americans had trouble paying their rent or mortgages after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the U.S. economy. The CARES Act appropriated $12.4 billion to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help address emergent needs.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development relies on outdated IT infrastructure and manual processes to insure a portfolio of single-family mortgages worth over $1 trillion. HUD has made several unsuccessful attempts to modernize its IT.
The General Services Administration developed an "online marketplace program" to make it easier for agencies to buy commercially available products, e.g., office supplies.
GSA started testing the program since our 2018 report, contracting with 3 online marketplace providers.
States spend billions of dollars on incentives to attract and retain businesses. Some question their cost and effectiveness. Do federal funds play a part in these incentives?
In 6 large state business incentive packages we reviewed, federal economic development funds were not directly used.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
Because disaster recovery block grants aren't part of a permanent program, grant requirements have to be customized for each disaster. This is time-consuming for the agency and for grantees—leading to delays in receipt and use of the funds.