Housing: It's Who You Knew at HUD

It's Who You Knew at HUD

If you can't kill a Government program, why not milk it? That, it seems, was the attitude of some officials who had failed to persuade Congress to stop spending some $200 million a year on fixing up run-down apartments and making them available to the poor with the help of federal rent subsidies. A report by Paul Adams, inspector general of Housing and Urban Development, suggests that the most effective way to get a housing project approved under President Reagan's HUD Secretary, Samuel Pierce, was for the developer to hire a prominent Republican as a "consultant" and pay him a substantial...

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