The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report in August that examines more than 160 programs and activities geared toward housing assistance. The report assesses the extent that these programs overlap, efforts to collaborate between programs and implications of consolidating selected housing programs.
GAO found that programs offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are similar in nature, but differ in geographic areas and populations served, as well as in delivery methods. The report found that there are opportunities to increase collaboration between agencies in order to increase efficiencies.
GAO concludes with the recommendation that these agencies adopt a more rigorous approach to collaboration, including documenting efforts in annual and strategic plans. Though agreeing generally with the recommendations, some agencies expressed concern about changing programs while the housing market is still volatile.