HUD IG’s Office Finds Areas of Improvement to HUD’s SEMAP System:
Summary: HUD’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) audited the Department’s controls over the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP). HUD IG’s report titled, “The Section Eight Management Assessment Program Lacked Adequate Controls To Accomplish Its Objective” (Audit Report No. 2012-AT-0001) concluded that HUD had not developed adequate controls to ensure that SEMAP would be effective in identifying underperforming PHAs administering Section 8 voucher programs. Other conclusions in the audit report are that HUD’s Field Offices visited during the review, performed SEMAP requirements inconsistently. In response, HUD recognized weaknesses in the program and stated their plans to improve SEMAP’s controls, including implementation the Next Generation Management System (NGMS) and a new Portfolio Management Tool.
HUD IG’s office recommended HUD develop and implement improved controls over SEMAP as it currently exists, including reducing HUD’s reliance on self-certified agency data and annual audit reports. They also recommend that HUD improve its controls over how field offices perform program requirements.
Publication Issuance Date: August 3, 2012
View the report here.