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Prince Georges County Announces External Audit of County's Housing

This story comes to us from Scott L. Peterson from the Office of the Prince George's County Executive:

This past Monday, December 27, Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III announced that Prince George’s County has signed a contract with Virginia Tech University to conduct an independent audit of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

The Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research will perform the work stipulated under the contract’s scope of services and complete the audit by May 31, 2011. The contract is in the amount of $64,802 and will be administered by the Prince George’s County Office of Audits and Investigations. “The Department of Housing and Community Development is a vital agency that affects the livelihood of thousands of Prince George’s families and children. It is critically important to make sure that this department is performing efficiently and providing great service to the residents,” explained County Executive Baker.

“Since my first day in office, I have prioritized improving DHCD and look forward to the results and recommendations of this audit.” In response to growing Prince George’s County Council concerns, the Office of Audits and Investigations presented a report to the County Council in May 2010 which it recommended that an independent entity perform a full management audit of the Department of Housing and Community Development. “Concerned about longstanding, systemic issues in the County's Department of Housing and Community Development, the Council initiated an outside audit of the agency during a budget review last spring,” stated Prince George’s County Council Chair Ingrid M. Turner. “We are delighted that County Executive Baker has executed the authorization for this important audit which will help the County better serve the housing needs of residents, improve accountability, and address past deficiencies.”

Per the contract stipulations, the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research will interview DHCD leaders, managers, staff, and key stakeholders, provide an inventory on existing DHCD structure and programs, establish metrics, identify comparable programs, and prepare a final report with suggestions of possible implementation strategies.