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Multifamily Housing's Participation in the Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) Initiative

The Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) is in response to one item on the President's Management Agenda. The objective of RHIIP is to reduce errors in the administration of HUD's rental assistance funds by taking actions that better assure the "right benefits go to the right persons." To help obtain that objective, HUD has created the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System for Multifamily Housing Program Users.

Chapter 9 of the HUD Multifamily Occupancy Handbook, 4350.3 REV-1, describes in detail the requirements for using the information in the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system for verifying employment and income of tenants and for reducing administrative and subsidy errors.

Improper Payments

The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA), Public Law 111-204, signed into law by the President on July 22, 2010 amends the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 (Public Law 107-300), and repeals the Recovery Auditing Act (Section 831 of the FY 2002 Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 107-107).  Under the IPERA, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) implementing guidance in Appendix C of Circular A-123, agencies are to assess all programs and activities they administer and identify those that may be susceptible to significant improper payments.  Where the risk of improper payments is assessed as potentially significant, agencies are required to estimate the annual amount of improper payments and report the estimates in their annual report (PAR or AFR) to OMB, along with plans and targets to reduce improper payments.

Executive Order (EO) 13520 – Reducing Improper Payments, issued on November 20, 2009, further aims to reduce improper payments in high-priority programs by boosting transparency, holding agencies accountable for reducing improper payments, examining and creating incentives for states and other entities to reduce improper payments, and increasing penalties for contractors who fail to timely disclose improper payments.  HUD has one high-priority program, the Rental Housing Assistance Programs (RHAP), i.e., Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and Moderate Rehabilitation, and Owner-administered Project-based Assistance Programs, under EO 13520. HUD’s RHAP was assessed as being at high risk of significant improper payment levels.  The RHAP is administered by the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) and the Office of Housing.

As required by the President's Executive Order, HUD reports the following information on the new Payment Accuracy website.

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