Pompano HUD investigations shows serious lapses in process
From the City of Pompano Beach:
Due to continued allegations of irregularities and improprieties regarding past practices of the Office of Housing and Urban Improvement (OHUI), the Pompano Beach City Commission directed City Manager Dennis Beach to initiate a forensic audit. Although a complete turn over in staff in the OHUI has occurred in the last two years it was determined that without a forensic audit, these allegations would continue to surface.
The City hired Michael G. Kessler & Associates in June of this year to conduct the audit. The completed audit points out serious lapses in procedures, oversight and supervision within the OHUI in previous years. It is apparent that previous managers failed to properly administer the technical requirements of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development regarding grants administration. The audit also reveals the possibility of wrongdoing on the part of some previous staff members as well as grant recipients. The current management staff has implemented revised policies and procedures within the OHUI in the past year. A new Compliance Manager will be hired to oversee the compliance and monitoring of State and Federal funded programs. Through this internal control review of programs and activities, the City hopes to retire all past findings and allow the current OHUI staff to move forward with a clean slate.
The City will refer this audit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. If it is determined by the proper authorities that criminal conduct has occurred, those agencies may bring charges against those responsible.
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