Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New GAO Report on Collaboration and "Consideration of Consolidation" of Housing Assistance Programs.

98 page report is HERE.  Quick take is that document provides useful background and catalog of housing programs, but GAO recommendations for action pretty weak:
The Secretaries or other designated officials of HUD, USDA, and VA, and the Director of OMB should take steps to establish a more rigorous approach to collaboration..
...To further improve HUD, USDA, and Treasury’s efforts through the Rental Policy Working Group to consolidate and align certain requirements in multifamily housing programs, the Rental Working Group should take steps to document collaborative efforts in strategic and annual plans to help reinforce agency accountability for these efforts.
...the Secretaries or other designated officials of HUD, Treasury, USDA, and VA should evaluate and report on the specific opportunities for consolidating similar housing programs, including those that would require statutory changes. 
 Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

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