Mention the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the word scandal comes to mind. When it comes to recent history, the association is quite accurate; in 1989-90 congressional panels were investigating -abuses, favoritism, and mismanagement- at HUD; in 1954 HUD's predecessor, the Federal Housing Administration, was targeted by the FBI for involvement in fraudulent home-improvement schemes; in the 1970s HUD was scrutinized for lax lending standards, blatant overappraisals, and shoddy housing. In this ground-breaking volume, Irving Welfeld, a senior analyst with HUD, describes and explains these sensational episodes as well as a series of hidden blunders that have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In this thorough, firsthand account, Welfeld provides not only soundly documented history, but analyses of events that arrive at different interpretations than Congress reached in its investigations. Throughout, his readings ask hard and probing questions: Where were the overseers--the media, Congress, the General Accounting Office, the Office of Management and Budget? To what extent is poor management the root cause of HUD's failures? Will tighter regulation help in keeping out corruption? After his comprehensive survey of the scene, Welfeld goes the final step and offers solutions: a set of programs that would minimize secrecy on the part of federal administrators and the temptation to abuse the public trust. Most importantly, the programs outlined here will enable HUD to more effectively fulfill its mission to see that there is decent affordable housing for all Americans. HUD Scandals will be of interest to scholars of public administration, political scientists, and analysts of housing issues.

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part I|108 pages

Histpry in a Policy Context

chapter 1|22 pages

The 1954 FHA Investigations

chapter 2|24 pages

From Mike Wallace to the Moratorium

chapter 3|20 pages

Robin Hook and His Holy Band

chapter 4|40 pages

Circles of Shame

part II|44 pages

The Managers and The Overseers

chapter 5|11 pages

The Circle of Neglect

chapter 6|17 pages

Good Management of Bad Programs

chapter 7|12 pages

No Better People and No Greater Honesty

part III|24 pages

Hud in the Marketplace

chapter 8|22 pages

HUD in the Marketplace