From the article:
A plan recently announced by the agency doesn’t address its much-maligned scoring system, despite recommendations drafted in 2016 by senior department officials.
My job is to sometimes do financial and compliance audits for HUD related federal grants. The problem with federal compliance issues, which is what I am sure some of these inspectors deal with, is you get a specific list of compliance issues to look at. If the problem isn’t on that list, you don’t have a way to write it up.
In my line of work, we put it in a file and can hit it on our non-federal accountability, but even then only if it’s financially related. Some of this shit is not.
The problem is, you can see the program, and you know shit isn’t right, yet by the federal requirements, it’s passing. There is no miscellaneous category for us, and when I worked at the DoD, there wasn’t for Federal defense contracts either.
Entities that take this cash know that, and they make sure the things the feds have not the list to care about are done right, and everything else can just fuck off.
I have never met a HUD inspector, but I have a hard time believing that their federal list is a process that is any difference form the two federal auditing processes I have done.