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COVID-19: Additional Risk Assessment Actions Could Improve HUD Oversight of CARES Act Funds

GAO-21-104542
Sep 30, 2021
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Department of Housing and Urban Development The Office of the Chief Financial Officer and HCCRT should work with relevant program offices for each of the six CARES Act programs that meet HUD's front-end risk assessment criteria to reassess the need to either (1) conduct a full front-end risk assessment; or (2) take and document additional risk assessment steps to align with key aspects of the front-end risk assessment process, such as ranking risks and developing plans to mitigate identified risks. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Housing and Urban Development The Office of the Chief Financial Officer and HCCRT should work with relevant program offices to identify inherent or new fraud risks, assess the program's fraud risk tolerance, document the program's fraud risk profile, and take appropriate action to mitigate identified potential risks for each of the six CARES Act-funded programs that meet the front-end risk assessment criteria. (Recommendation 2)
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Disaster Recovery: HUD Should Take Additional Action to Assess Community Development Block Grant Fraud Risks

GAO-21-177
May 05, 2021
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Department of Housing and Urban Development The Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development should comprehensively assess fraud risks to CDBG-DR, including identifying inherent fraud risks affecting it, assessing the likelihood and impact of inherent fraud risks, determining fraud risk tolerance, and examining the suitability of existing fraud controls. The assessment should also consider CDBG-DR's risk environment and be informed by the fraud risks identified in this report. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Housing and Urban Development In comprehensively assessing fraud risks to CDBG-DR, the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development should involve relevant stakeholders in the assessment process, including CDBG-DR grantees (states, territories, and local governments) that design and implement fraud controls. (Recommendation 2)
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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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