Allen West declares war on the DBHA
Mr. Michael P. Stevens
Acting Inpector General
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Inspector General
Dear Acting Inspector General:
I am requesting a full investigation into the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority located in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
It has come to my attention by several sources that there may be criminal issues involved in the conduct of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. These issues may involve nepotism, bid rigging, and procurement violations.
The City of Deerfield Beach hired a forensics auditing firm of Kessler International to provide an audit to determine internal controls and proper procedures of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. The audit was completed in February of 2011 but the Housing Board did not fully comply with the audit by providing necessary documents.
Citizens of Deerfield Beach contacted the United States Housing and Urban Development and the Office of the Inspector General requesting their assistance. It is my understanding the agency performed two very limited reviews.
It was recently reported in the Sun Sentinel newspaper that the Mayor of Deerfield Beach, Peggy Noland, has requested information, which has not been provided by the Housing Authority. The Mayor, because of her concerns about their lack of providing information to her office and to the auditors, wants to begin the process to remove the Housing Authority’s entire board of commissioners from office.
I am very concerned that there has been a misuse of taxpayers’ money by the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority.
In this fiscally constrained environment it is incumbent upon federal agencies to ensure that federal funding is being used appropriately. As a Member of Congress it is both my role to represent our constituents and also to provide oversight to federal agencies.
I am again requesting your office conduct a full investigation into the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority in order to ensure that the American taxpayer’s money is being used in a fiscally prudent and responsible manner.
Steadfast and Loyal
Allen B. West
Member of Congress
CC: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
Mayor Peggy Noland
Commissioner Joe Miller
Vacant – District 2
Vice Mayor Martin Popelsky – District 3
Commissioner Bill Ganz – District 4
City Manager Burgess Hanson
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