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Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) Initiative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Note: Please also see Admission and Occupancy (Related to EID), General Income and Rent Determination, Verification, and RIM Reviews FAQs for questions/answers on income and rent issues.

1. Question: What is RHIIP?

Answer: A 2001 initiative, the Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) is a Secretarial priority designed to reduce income and rent errors and improper payments in the administration of public housing and Section 8 programs. RHIIP addresses HUD's high-risk status and corrects material management control weaknesses through a comprehensive approach that uncovers root causes of income and rent errors.

2. Question: What "comprehensive approach" is HUD taking, under the RHIIP initiative, to reduce rent calculation errors and improper payments?

Answer: HUD's comprehensive approach to reducing rent calculation errors and improper payments involves:

3. Question: What is the current error rate for rent calculation errors and improper payments?

Answer: According to the HUD PD&R 2001 Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidies Determinations (QC) study, 60% of all rent and subsidy calculations contained some type of rent, administrative, or component error. PD&R is currently conducting a QC study to measure the Department's progress in reducing the number and dollar amounts of rent calculation and improper payments for 2003.

4. Question: How are rent, administrative, and component errors defined in the 2001 HUD PD&R study?

Answer: As defined in the 2001 HUD PD&R QC study:

5. Question: What, if any, goals have been set for reducing rent calculation errors and improper payments?

Answer: The President's Management Agenda for Fiscal Year 2002 mandated that HUD reduce by 50 percent both the frequency of calculation and processing errors and the amount of subsidy overpayment by 2005. In conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), HUD has established interim goals that call for:

6. Question: Does HUD offer any guidance, training, and/or technical assistance on income and rent determination to achieve such goals?

Answer: Yes. The Department does offer program guidance and training and technical assistance to enhance the occupancy knowledge and skills of HUD and PHA staff. This effort is a part of HUD's comprehensive approach to ensuring that incomes are properly verified and rents are calculated correctly.

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-   Admission and Occupancy (Related to EID)
-   General Income and Rent Determination FAQs
-   Verification FAQs
-   Rental Integrity Monitoring (RIM) Reviews FAQs

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