Of note, Speaker Boehner hired a law, Jonathan Turley to represent the House in a lawsuit, where Treasury under Barack Obama was ordered to take monies from other agencies to fund Obamacare and pay insurers. That lawsuit case is found here. Where is the case now? In May 2016, Collyer ruled that the payments were illegal. The case is already on appeal to the D.C. Circuit and will probably be argued in early 2017.
Meanwhile, how about fraud at HUD, where Julian Castro was Secretary? Julian is a radical and a LaRaza advocate. Further, Politico reported that Julian Castro’s name was floated early as a Hillary running mate.
Back to the half a trillion dollars….
The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were
$516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively. There were several other unresolved audit matters,
which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion.
These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the
management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out
budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program
funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial
statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for
certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and
general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant
deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.
What We Recommend
In addition to recommendations made in audit reports 2017-FO-0001, 2017-FO-0002, and 2017-
FO-0003, we recommend that HUD (1) reassess its current consolidated financial statement and
notes review process to ensure that sufficient internal controls are in place to prevent and detect
errors, (2) evaluate the current content of HUD’s consolidated note disclosures to ensure
compliance with regulations and GAAP, and (3) develop a plan to ensure that restatements are
properly reflected in all notes impacted.
On November 15, 2016, we issued an independent auditor’s report1 stating that the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was unable to provide final fiscal years
2016 and 2015 consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes in a timeframe that
would allow us to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to determine whether they were free
from material misstatement. We also reported on the delays encountered in the material
weakness, Weak Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting Led to Errors and Delays in the
Preparation of Financial Statements and Notes.2
The delays were due to insufficiently designed and implemented financial reporting processes
and internal controls that were put into place because of HUD’s transition of its core financial
system to a Federal shared service provider (FSSP). HUD inadequately planned and tested the
changes to HUD’s financial reporting process before the transition. Additionally, late
restatements performed by HUD’s component entities, the Government National Mortgage
Association (Ginnie Mae) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA), contributed to the delay
in providing final consolidated financial statements.3 As a result, we were unable to provide an
opinion on HUD’s fiscal years 2016 and 2015 financial statements. While there were other
material matters that supported our basis for disclaimer, this was the primary reason for our
disclaimer of opinion.