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INDEPENDENT REPORT BY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SHOWS THAT HUD MANAGEMENT REFORMS ARE WORKING
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today welcomed the release of a new report by the independent National Academy of Public Administration that concluded HUD has substantially improved its contracting operations.
"This independent report shows that HUD's management reforms are working and that we are restoring the public trust in this Department," Cuomo said. "The report is clear evidence that our efforts to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in HUD programs are succeeding and that we are doing a better job serving the American people."
The report, titled HUD Procurement Reform: Substantial Progress Underway, found that HUD has taken a series of actions to improve its contracting operations resulting in "substantial progress toward the goal of developing and implementing a model procurement system."
The report goes on to say: "Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo, the department leadership team, and staff working on procurement reform deserve commendation for this substantial progress."
Congressman James Walsh of Syracuse, NY, a member of the House Appropriations Committee who requested an independent review of HUD's contracting operations, said today: "I congratulate HUD for the progress the agency has made in improving the procurement process. While much more work needs to be done in following through on NAPA's recommendations, this is a very good first step in the right direction."
NAPA is recognized for its expertise in management of public organizations. It employs former top-level federal government executives to evaluate the performance of federal agencies.
NAPA's report is the latest in a series of reviews by outside observers verifying HUD's progress in reforming its management and operations. These observers include government reinvention expert and management consultant David Osborne, management consultant Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (see attachment).
HUD made procurement reform a central element of its sweeping 2020 Management Reform Plan issued by Cuomo in June 1997. The 2020 Reform Plan stated that it was designed to transform HUD from "the poster child for inept government" that "has been plagued for years by scandal and mismanagement" into "a new HUD, a HUD that works."
Cuomo said that HUD is dedicated to continuing its 2020 Management Reform efforts including reform of its contracting operations. He said that NAPA's report not only validates HUD's efforts to date, but provides guidance that will aid the future success of HUD contracting.
Major improvements in HUD's procurement system that drew favorable evaluations from NAPA included:
After identifying contracting as a critical aspect of the Department's operations and its 2020 Reform efforts, Cuomo called for a "top-to-bottom redesign" of HUD's contracting system. NAPA later independently reviewed the major steps of HUD's redesign.
Beginning in September 1997, NAPA looked at each step of the procurement process from the identification of a need through the award of a contract. Department staff worked closely with NAPA to give NAPA complete access to HUD's contracting operation. The result was a comprehensive inspection of this vital area of agency activity.
EXCERPTS OF INDEPENDENT REVIEWS OF HUD'S MANAGEMENT REFORMS
Content Archived: January 20, 2009