HUD Takes Steps to Make More Information Public
HUD has announced two measures to make information more accessible to the general public. The agency says it will begin publishing online a full historical view of detailed information on the physical condition of public housing and multifamily units across the U.S., and will offer citizens the opportunity to contribute to HUD's long-term strategic plan through a new interactive “suggestion box.”
Along with 15 other cabinet agencies, HUD is launching initiatives to increase transparency through the Obama administration's Open Government Directive. The agencies are making available information they expect will be useful to the American public in making decisions.
HUD's Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) routinely conducts physical site inspections of a sampling of the 1.2 million public housing units and 1.4 million multifamily assisted housing units across the U.S. HUD will supplement its point-in-time site scores with a full historical view of the data, including the details for the five inspection areas that comprise the overall score—site, building exterior, building systems, common areas, and units. The data can be accessed at: http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/topics/physical_inspection_scores.
HUD has also offered the general public the opportunity to have input in the development of HUD's Six-Year Strategic Plan by creating a virtual suggestion box on HUD's Web site, at www.hud.gov/ideasinaction.