The Inspector General of the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) has been sending letters out to mitigate the shock revelations that so many of their reports are being buried. HUD have been denying Freedom of Information Requests for information they are legally obliged to hand over.
The IG said that the reports they are not handing over are just “drafts” and that his record on transparency is exemplary; but the reality is that HUD is under serious suspicion for laundering money.
With the handover to the Trump Administration, it was found that there were $500 Billion worth of accounting errors on their books. When we recall that their annual budget is only $50 Billion, it begins to look very suspicious. They need to hand over ALL DOCUMENTS!
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Montoya touted his transparency efforts in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley while responding to questions the Iowa Republican asked about 14 unpublished IG reports revealed by The DCNF. Montoya told the Senate Committee on the Judiciary chairman that there are circumstances when his office withholds its reports.
“This agency actually takes the additional step of transparency by placing all documents on our public facing [Freedom of Information Act] reading room that receive three or more requests,” Montoya wrote. “We do this for the sake of transparency.” With an annual budget of nearly $49 billion, HUD has 8,375 employees.
Montoya claimed the unpublished IG reports TheDCNF exposed were drafts and were never meant for the public. The documents at issue are Systemic Implication Reports (SIRs), which reveal potentially agency-wide problems the IG discovers.