Jun 19 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on a new report by The Arizona Republic detailing additional evidence of mismanagement by the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA):
"Today’s report by The Arizona Republic showing the Navajo Housing Authority plans to build a series of mobile homes at approximately $300,000 each is the latest example of squandered taxpayer dollars. The fact that the agency was brazen enough to approve a $30.8 million contract without obtaining bids competitively demonstrates a very real need for reform and oversight of NHA's procurement practices. Navajo families are desperate for housing, but that need cannot be met without meaningful reform."
On June 1, 2017, Senator McCain’s office released the findings of a three month investigation into allegations of mismanagement at the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA). Among the report’s findings was evidence that the NHA’s efforts to spend down unspent Department of Housing and Urban Development grants lacked proper planning and oversight, which invites high risk of waste, fraud and abuse. The report can be found here.