HUD's Hammer Award Winners

Streamline Certification Team

District of Columbia\Washington
Team Contact Person: Ken Tucker
Phone/Fax/Email: 202-708-0614 (ext. 2729)
Address: 451 7th Street, S.W.
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia
Zip Code: 20410

Brief Description
They cut layers of red tape as they reinvented the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) method of processing insurance premium refunds to homeowners. A new, highly automated, software driven streamlined certification process was developed.. From the homeowner's perspective, what used to be a 120-180 day ordeal now takes 14 days or less, along with reduction or elimination of the administrative burden of proof on their part. Almost $1 billion in refunds has been automatically processed back into the hands of homeowners for their use, and up to 6 months earlier than before. Staff savings from this new process have already exceeded $2.4 million, allowing Administration to function more efficiently with fewer people.

Agency Contact: Rick Greenfield 202-708-2733
NPR Contact: Jerry Nikolaus, phone (202) 632-0150, fax (202) 632-0390, email

Date of Award: 02/03/98
Award Presenter: Henry Cisneros

Content Archived: February 8, 2013