by James C. Sherlock
Daniel Berti published an excellent investigative report this morning in The Virginian-Pilot.
“Norfolk’s housing authority is in ‘dire’ financial condition, bloated after years of failing to downsize” details what may prove to be waste and abuse at that agency to preserve jobs as the administrative requirements and funding of the mission have diminished.
In other words, the report details what some may construe as government agency featherbedding. If it is true, it has been a big mistake, because federal dollars are involved.
I congratulate both the author and the paper on this exclusive. Please read it.
The article, as revealing as it is, does not mention the annual independent audits the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is required by federal regulation to undergo.
It has been my experience over the years that local agencies spending federal funds often get into financial trouble that is traceable to audits.
Most often to good audits that are ignored. Continue reading