NCRC Created Conflicts of Interest, HUD IG Report Asserts
November 21, 2011
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition improperly accepted approximately $2.4 million in donations from 10 of 38 lender organizations it tested under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program grant agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, thereby creating conflict-of-interest situations in violation of the agreement, according to a new report from HUDs Office of Inspector General. The NCRC immediately challenged the report and maintained it was politically motivated. The OIG said NCRC generally completed administrative and program activities and tasks in accordance with its agreement, the OIG said. The audit also found nonprofit improperly accepted donations from organizations it tested, thereby creating conflict-of-interest situations involving $59,800 of $230,000 in the grant funds (26 percent).