As it relates to selecting which sponsors to monitor, HCD should continue its efforts to monitor sponsors that receive awards of housing bond funds by adopting a risk-based, on-site monitoring approach for its CalHome and BEGIN programs. For the CalHome Program, HCD should evaluate the criteria in its risk assessment tool and require staff to use a centralized tracking log for on-site monitoring visits, which should indicate when findings are resolved.
The BEGIN Program has developed a written monitoring process, including a risk-assessment tool and checklist to be used for the monitoring of BEGIN projects and it implemented the process in December 2012. Additionally, HCD explained that CalHome management has evaluated and approved the criteria in its risk assessment tool. Further, HCD stated that the CalHome staff and management team has developed and implemented a centralized tracking log, which will be maintained by staff for all audit findings and monitored by CalHome management to ensure resolution to findings. (See 2013-406, p. 109)
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