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Covid-19 Housing Protections: Moratoriums Have Helped Limit Evictions, but Further Outreach Is Needed

GAO-21-370
Mar 15, 2021
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in coordination with other relevant federal entities, should develop and implement a communication and outreach plan designed to ensure that eligible renters and property owners are aware of and able to use the agency's moratorium to prevent eviction. (Recommendation 1)
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Home Foreclosure Sales: FHA, Rural Housing Service, and VA Could Better Align Program Metrics with Their Missions

GAO-21-219
Mar 05, 2021
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Federal Housing Administration The Commissioner of FHA should identify and use metrics that measure how the agency's REO program supports its regulatory goal of strengthening communities. For example, the agency might measure the policy outcomes from the REO property sales made through FHA's alternative sales programs. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Veterans Affairs The VA Under Secretary for Benefits should identify and use metrics that measure how the agency's REO program contributes to VA's mission to support veterans and veteran homeownership, such as metrics that track veteran purchases of REO properties. (Recommendation 2)
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Rural Housing Service The Administrator of RHS should identify and use metrics that measure how the agency's REO program contributes to RHS's mission of supporting low-income homeowners in rural areas, such as metrics that track this population's purchases of REO properties. (Recommendation 3)
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Military Housing: Actions Needed to Improve the Process for Setting Allowances for Servicemembers and Calculating Payments for Privatized Housing Projects

GAO-21-137
Jan 25, 2021
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Congress Congress should consider revising the calculation for payments for privatized housing projects so that the payments are based on national average rates, consistent with the calculation for the BAH rate reduction.
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Military Compensation Policy directorate within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, in coordination with the military services, (1) assesses its process for collecting rental property data to determine ways to increase sample size of current representative data and (2) ensures sample size targets are met. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Military Compensation Policy directorate within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, in coordination with the military services, reviews and updates BAH guidance to ensure that information about the BAH rate-setting process, including its sampling methodology and use of minimum sample-size targets, is accurately and fully reflected. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Military Compensation Policy directorate within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, in coordination with the military services, establishes and implements a process for consistently monitoring anchor points, the interpolation table, external alternative data, and any indications of potential bias by using quality information to set BAH rates and ensuring timely remediation of any identified deficiencies. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Lead Paint in Housing: HUD Has Not Identified High-Risk Project-Based Rental Assistance Properties

GAO-21-55
Dec 16, 2020
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Department of Housing and Urban Development The Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, in collaboration with the Director of HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, should periodically conduct a risk assessment for the PBRA program to identify which properties have the greatest risk of exposing children under the age of 6 to lead paint hazards. (Recommendation 1)
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As of January 2021, HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs in collaboration with the Director of HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, plans to periodically conduct a risk assessment for the PBRA program based on resources available to identify which properties have the greatest risk of exposing children under the age of 6 to lead paint hazards with a targeted completion date of June 30, 2022.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, in collaboration with the Director of HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, should develop and implement plans to proactively manage the risks associated with lead paint hazards in PBRA properties identified in the periodic risk assessments. (Recommendation 2)
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As of January 2021, HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs, in collaboration with the Director of HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, plans to develop and implement plans to proactively manage the risks associated with lead paint hazards in PBRA properties identified in programmatic risk assessments with a targeted completion date of June 30, 2022.
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