Audits of Lowell HUD programs since 2010

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-IGF-OIG-00105, 17-FI-HQ-00957
Est. Completion None
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all audits performed for HUD grants and programs in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts since 2010.

Lowell currently participates in the following HUD programs:
-Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
-Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
-Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program (HOME)
-Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

I also ask that all fees be waived for this request as i am a journalist employed by MuckRock News and I intend to use the requested documents to write articles in the public's interest and not for any commercial purposes.

I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: McGirt, Eugene A

Hello,

Attached is the acknowledgement letter for your FOIA request.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-FI-HQ-00180 .

Thank you for your help.

From: McGirt, Eugene A

Todd,

Your FOIA request is being transferred to the Boston Field Office for processing because that office has records responsive to your request. The new FOIA request number is 15-FI-RO1-00353 -and you may contact William Matthews at 617-994-8213 for additional information.

Thank you.

From: Matthews, William B

Attention: Todd Feathers

Dear Mr. Feathers:

We received your Freedom of Information Act request regarding audits for the Community Planning and Development programs administered by the City of Lowell, MA.

For the four programs you cited, HUD has audit summary information for the federal portions of the programs only. This information is available on-line through the Federal Audit Clearing House @ https://harvester.census.gov/fac/dissem/accessoptions.html). Please let me know if this is not satisfactory.

If you are looking for the complete audits, I recommend that you contact the City directly:
Diane Tradd, Director/Assistant City Manager
Department of Planning and Development
City of Lowell
50 Arcand Drive - Floor 2
Lowell, MA 01852
P: 978-674-4252
F: 978-446-7014.

For your future reference, the Control Number for this request is 15-FI-R01-00353.

I hope this is helpful.

Thank you.

Bill Matthews
FOIA Liaison
HUD Boston Regional Office
617-994-8213

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Rosenberg, Howard

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Good morning. I have checked with the FOIA Office of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), which acquired your request from the HUD FOIA Branch (and which no longer has a role in your request). The OIG advised you in its response dated June 20, 2016, of the cost to retrieve, review, and redact your request for the audit report. I have also learned that you were provided a website link to the audit report, free of charge, in its response to you.

If you have further questions about what OIG has provided you, please check with the FOIA Office for OIG.
Thanks,

Howard Rosenberg
FOIA Branch

From: Rosenberg, Howard

From: OIG FOIARequests

Dear Mr. Feathers:

The OIG have responded to your request on June 20, 2016. We have attached a copy of our response to this e-mail.

Thank you,

WARNING NOTICE:
This message and any attachments are intended for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed. The information in this e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential, law enforcement sensitive, privileged attorney/client communications or work products, exempt from disclosure under applicable law. Do not share, copy or forward without consulting the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Office of Legal Counsel. If you are not the intended recipient or an authorized representative of the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized interception, review, use, dissemination or copying of the information in this e-mail and its attachments is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately call the HUD-OIG OLC at (202) 708-1613, or notify the sender by return e-mail, and delete this e-mail from your system(s)

From: Rosenberg, Howard

Hi,

Good morning. I work in the FOIA Branch of HUD. 16-IGF-OIG-00105 is a FOIA control number that the FOIA Branch of HUD does not issue; rather, it is issued by the Office of Inspector General of HUD, which has separate authority consistent with inspector general offices across the Federal Government. You should contact the HUD OIG's FOIA office, whose Web site is https://www.hudoig.gov/ .
Thanks,

Howard Rosenberg
FOIA Specialist
HUD

From: Rosenberg, Howard

From: Rosenberg, Howard

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Good afternoon. My apologies for the gap in clarity. I am checking with a HUD staffer to figure out the time frame; one informed me this morning that he is looking into it.
Thanks,

Howard Rosenberg
FOIA Specialist

From: Todd Feathers

Thank you, sir.

Todd

From: Rosenberg, Howard

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Good afternoon. I checked with the Program Office that needs to provide clarity, and it's a more complicated step than I would have thought, involving checking with a contractor - so it sounds like there won't be an answer until next week.

On 16-IGF-OIG-00105, all I can do is resend you the same explanation that I provided on May 4:

I work in the FOIA Branch of HUD. 16-IGF-OIG-00105 is a FOIA control number that the FOIA Branch of HUD does not issue; rather, it is issued by the Office of Inspector General of HUD, which has separate authority consistent with inspector general offices across the Federal Government. You should contact the HUD OIG's FOIA office, whose Web site is https://www.hudoig.gov/ .
Thanks,
Howard Rosenberg
FOIA Specialist

From: Rosenberg, Howard

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Good morning.. I just checked again with the Program Office that needs to provide clarity, and it hopes to have an answer by the end of the week.
Thanks,
Howard Rosenberg
FOIA Specialist

From: Todd Feathers

Thank you for keeping me updated.

Best,
Todd

From: Rosenberg, Howard

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Good afternoon. I can pass along the Program Office's clarification of the data ranges of the spreadsheets:

"the debts reported in the Debts Owed Module for Massachusetts PHAs range from June 23, 2008 - April 21, 2017."

If that doesn't fully answer your question, please let me know.
Thanks,

Howard Rosenberg
FOIA Specialist

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