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U.S. HUD Releases Assessment of Miami-Dade CDBG Program
The following are highlights of HUD's review of Miami-Dade's OCED progress on expending
CDBG funds in a timely manner, carrying out Consolidated Plan priorities, etc.
In April of this year, HUD commended Miami-Dade on expending over 92% of its CDBG
funds on activities benefitting low or moderate income persons (far exceeding HUD
standards), but is expending CDBG funds too slowly noting that "including
the FY2001 CDBG grant, the County must draw down a minimum of $28,061,502 by October
31, 2001 in order to meed HUD's CDBG timeliness requirements (no more than 1.5 years
worth of funds unexpended). That amounts to $4.7 million per month..."
In turn, OCED, in a June 25th memo, has implemented the following procedures to
A formal process for tracking actual
progress/results relative to the projected 1.5 ratio compliance plan.
The aggressive identification of opportunities
for the reprogramming of funds to alternative agencies in order to accelerate expenditures...
Periodic meetings/reviews with HUD
Miami (and OCED)...
Weekly meetings with County departments
for the purpose of analyzing the status of unexpended allocations balances...
Conduct comprehensive reviews, weekly,
of all allocations to County and other agencies with unexpended balances to facilitate
follow-up with agencies to, a) identify problems/reasons for slow expenditures and
to correct such problems (e.g. lack of a contract an/or environmental clearance
or action needed by OCED to approve a budget amendment, subcontract, solicitation
for services or bids, etc.)
Review and expedite internal procedures
for the selection of architectural and engineering services and the bidding and
award of contracts for construction services on an ongoing basis, in coordination
with the GSA Department, Office of Management and Budget, and the County Manager's
Additionally, the County has hired a national consultant to conduct "efficiency
and operations review" of OCED's Community Development Division, focusing on
administrative systems and processes; the entire RFA process and procedure; and
overall productivity and customer satisfaction.
The County since April has recaptured and reallocated $9.3 million in CDBG dollars
and has a possible $9 million in a new Float Loan Program. The unexpended CDBG balance
at October of last year was $46,676,974 and coupled with new FY2001 monies will
climb to $69,700,974. However, with the recent aforementioned recapture/reallocations
and additional projected drawdowns of $22 million, OCED projects to fall into HUD
compliance by October of this year with an unexpended balance of $34,536,000.