Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Report Finds Source of Problems Remain Largely Unsolved at HUD

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Report Finds Source of Problems Remain Largely Unsolved at HUD

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The admin- istration and Congress were congratulat- ing each other Wednesday on cleaning up the mess at the Department of Housing and Urban Development when a report said the problems weren't over. "The underlying causes of HUD's problems. . .remain largely unresolved, leaving the agency susceptible to future fraud, waste, abuse and mismanage- ment," the General Accounting Office said. The report was delivered at a hearing at which Housing Secretary Jack Kemp and House members were heaping praise for their handling of HUD scandals disclosed two years ago. "If I had to give a grade to Secretary Kemp, it would be an A plus," said Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Government Operations sub- committee that investigated HUD. Kemp was a bit more modest. "I think it's probably closer to a B plus," he said, commending the sub- committee and its members for helping to root out the troubles at the depart- ment. Two years ago, HUD was at the center of investigations by congressional com- mittees after revelations of influence peddling, mismanagement and theft that pervaded the department during the tenure of Secretary Samuel J. Pierce Jr., who was in charge during the eight years of the Reagan administration. …
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