(WASHINGTONEXAMINER) — Washington doesn't know if people living in public housing are needy because local authorities who are supposed to verify income and stop fraud often aren't interested making sure taxpayer money is spent properly.
Under pressure from lobbyists, HUD loosened regulations that had forced local authorities to collect evidence of income. Department officials also moved to let local authorities treat more federal cash as “fees” aimed at making a “profit” so that housing bureaucrats could be paid more, according to an investigation by HUD's inspector general.
The policy of not bothering to make sure public housing is reserved for the poor began when President Obama appointed Sandra Henriquez as the HUD assistant secretary in charge of housing projects.
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