Arlene Conn, PHADA Policy Analyst
On September 10 at PHADA’s 2019 Legislative Forum, HUD-PIH General Deputy Assistant Secretary Dominique Blom announced that HUD will not implement the FSS Performance Measurement System for the 2019 NOFA. The system was proposed in a Federal Register Notice two years ago and PHADA has continuously advocated for improvements since that time, including meeting with HUD FSS and executive staff on numerous occasions.
This is the second delay in implementation of the system. Last year HUD delayed implementation for the 2018 NOFA at PHADA’s request when staff pointed out that HUD generally allows a year before implementing a new system, as it did with the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS). After a second year of advocacy by PHADA, which specifically expressed concerns with HUD’s scoring methodology, HUD looked further and found inexplicable anomalies between consecutive year scoring of certain housing authorities (HAs).
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