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Mowa Choctaw Housing Authority Hotline Complaint - Mt. Vernon, Alabama

Published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General on 2001-11-09.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
                                                  District Office of the Inspector General
                                                  Office of Audit
                                                  Richard B. Russell Federal Building
                                                  75 Spring Street, SW, Room 330
                                                  Atlanta, GA 30303-3388
                                                  (404) 331-3369




November 9, 2001                                 Audit Memorandum 2002-AT-1803


MEMORANDUM FOR:            Kevin Fitzgibbons, Area Administrator, Eastern Woodlands Office
                              of Native American Programs, 5API




FROM:      Nancy H. Cooper
           District Inspector General for Audit-Southeast/Caribbean District, 4AGA


SUBJECT:      Mowa Choctaw Housing Authority
              Hotline Complaint
              Mt. Vernon, Alabama

We have completed an audit survey of a complaint to the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) Hotline in December 1998 concerning alleged improper activities by the
Mowa Choctaw Housing Authority (MCHA). The complaint alleged that MCHA: overpaid
painters; misused vehicles; inappropriately provided housing to felons; improperly awarded a
drainage ditch contract; and, due to nepotism, did not correct operations deficiencies.

                     OBJECTIVE, SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY

Our objective was to determine the merits of the allegations raised in the complaint. To
accomplish our objective, we interviewed MCHA officials and staff and Eastern Woodlands
Office of Native American Programs officials. We examined relevant MCHA records and
observed MCHA vehicles. We also attempted, but were unable, to locate and interview the
complainant.

Our review generally covered the period April 1997 to March 31, 2001. We extended the period
as necessary to achieve the review objective. We performed on-site work in April and May
2000. We conducted the audit survey in accordance with generally accepted government
auditing standards.

HUD OIG previously audited MCHA and issued a report in May 1997. The prior audit
recommendations had been closed and issues previously reported were not related to the
allegations in the complaint.




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                                        SUMMARY

Our review found no merit to the complaint allegations. MCHA personnel provided information
and documentation sufficient to refute the allegations and our review found no evidence
supporting the allegations.

A reply to this memorandum is not required. If you have any questions, please contact Maxie
Walls, Senior Auditor, at (205) 731-2630 Ext. 1097.

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 Executive Director, Mowa Choctaw Housing Authority, Mt. Vernon, AL
 Secretary, S
Deputy Secretary, SD (Room 10100)
Chief of Staff, S (Room 10000)
Assistant Secretary for Administration, S (Room 10110)
Acting Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, J (Room 10120)
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Affairs, S, (Room 10132)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administrative Services, Office of the Executive Secretariat, AX
    (Room 10139)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations,
Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, S (Room 10226)
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, S (Room 10226)
Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs, S (Room 10226)
Special Counsel to the Secretary, S (Room 10234)
Senior Advisor to the Secretary, S
Special Assistant for Inter-Faith Community Outreach, S (Room 10222)
Executive Officer for Administrative Operations and Management, S (Room 10220)
General Counsel, C (Room 10214)
Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner, H (Room 9100)
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, R (Room 8100)
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, D (Room 7100)
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management, SDF (Room 7108)
Office of Government National Mortgage Association, T (Room 6100)
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, E (Room 5100)
Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, U
Chief Procurement Officer, N (Room 5184)
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, P (Room 4100)
Director, Office of Departmental Operations and Coordination, I (Room 2124)
Office of the Chief Financial Officer, F (Room 2202)
Chief Information Officer, Q (Room 3152)
Acting Director, HUD Enforcement Center, V, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 200
Acting Director, Real Estate Assessment Center, X, 1280 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 800
Director, Office of Multifamily Assistance Restructuring, Y, 1280 Maryland Avenue, SW,
    Suite 4000
Inspector General, G (Room 8256)
Secretary's Representative, 4AS
State Coordinator, Alabama State Office, 4CS
Area Administrator, Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs, 5API
Audit Liaison Officer, 3AFI
Audit Liaison Officer, Office of Public and Indian Housing, PF (Room P8202)
Departmental Audit Liaison Officer, FM (Room 2206)
Acquisitions Librarian, Library, AS (Room 8141)
Counsel to the IG, GC (Room 8260)




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Public Affairs Officer, G (Room 8256)
Stanley Czerwinski, Associate Director, Resources, Community, and Economic Development
   Division, U.S. GAO, 441 G Street N.W., Room 2T23, Washington DC 20548
The Honorable Fred Thompson, Chairman, Committee on Governmental Affairs,
  United States Senate, Washington DC 20510-6250
The Honorable Joseph Lieberman, Ranking Member, Committee on Governmental Affairs,
  United States Senate, Washington DC 20510-6250
The Honorable Dan Burton, Chairman, Committee on Government Reform,
  United States House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515-6143
The Honorable Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member, Committee on Government Reform,
  United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515-4305
Ms. Cindy Fogleman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Room 212,
  O'Neil House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515-6143
Steve Redburn, Chief, Housing Branch, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW,
  Room 9226, New Executive Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20503
Sharon Pinkerton, Deputy Staff Director, Counsel, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug
  Policy and Human Resources, B373 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
Armando Falcon, Director, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, O, 1700 G Street, NW,
  Room 4011, Washington, DC 20552




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