Administrative Advocacy

Influencing rule making, shaping proposed policies, and evaluating the impacts of policy in the real world are all roles for advocates

Why we lobby HUD (not just Congress...)

One study found that in 2007, Congress enacted 138 public laws, while federal agencies finalized 2,926 rules, including 61 major regulations.  Clearly helping HUD get it right is important work, but...

Who is watching your tax dollars at work? Maybe not HUD...
    HUD Inspector General David Montoya told the House Financial Services Committee that “...more fraudulent and abusive activity is surfacing within government housing programs as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finds itself struggling with fewer staff members after sequestration and an inability to implement certain best practices” Read more here.

    HUD's plan to close the offices that oversee multifamily housing will reduce HUD's reach into the local communities. With less presence “on the ground where people live” HUD will be more reliant on “self certification” by owners. Montoya told Congress: See more here 

    Inspector General Montoya told Housingwire that "staff and funding shortages have “forced HUD to continue to rely heavily on contractors to carry out many of its programs and to expect that local and state jurisdictions and recipients of HUD funds conduct their own oversight and due diligence.”

    One local example of HUD being slow to respond to waste, fraud and abuse is in Canton where the FBI has entered an investigation of the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority. The Canton Rep reports that: "This week, the FBI confirmed it also is involved in the SMHA probe. 'We are cooperating with HUD in that investigation' said John Dysart, supervisory special agent of the FBI field office in Canton.  He declined to offer additional details, citing the ongoing probe.  During the [SMHA] board meeting Thursday, Fonte defended himself and other board members, who were chastised in the HUD audit for not providing oversight. 'I’m disappointed HUD waited until the train went off the tracks,' he said, explaining that none of the problems facing the agency were mentioned before in annual HUD audits of the agency. 'I think HUD has some culpability here.' More here

    Columbus may provide another example: A HUD investigation of excessive travel expenditures seems to have been triggered by a complaint from Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa!  more here
 A good overview of Administrative Lobbying
Inside the battle to overhaul overtime - and what it says about how lobbying has changed  "Unlike the legislative process, where lobbying and dealmaking are more accepted, rulemaking is supposed to rest on an agency’s discretion, guided by technical analyses of economic impacts. Nevertheless, they’re still subject to outside influence — and on the most important rules, interested parties on all sides try their darndest to have an impact. At the same time, Internet-based transparency measures have made it ever-easier for the general population to pick over proposals and tell regulators what they think. As a result, what used to be relatively insular, back-room affairs have become pitched public battles, generating mountains of input. "

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