Friday, March 11, 2011

The gory Philly atty. fee details

HUD's Inspector General report is out today (biiiig file -- 15MB) on the outside attorney fees that helped the Philadelphia Housing Authority back itself into a federal takeover. Today's report wants the housing authority to either justify or pay back $4.5 million in fees and do a deal more explaining about the rest of its legal spending.

It sounds like the auditors got angry:
"...During this audit, we inspected 67 rental units to determine whether the Authorit's program units met housing quality standards. We inspected the selected units between November 30 and December 11, 2009. The Authority had one employee, one outside public housing consultant, and up to three outside attorneys accompany our auditor and appraiser on every inspection. The outside attorneys were typically paid on average $330 per hour to observe the auditor and our certified HUD inspector as they performed every inspection for up to 8 hours a day for about 2 weeks. The amount the Authority paid for only 1 hour for one outside attorney could have been used to help house a low-income family for a month..."

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