The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 1084
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1084

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It won't give construction grants to agencies that can't account for their spending. HUD audited the authority and, in July, released a report calling for managers experienced in. government housing. Private consultants chosen by the agency are monitoring the housing authority, but could be dismissed if a final inspection confirms the improved grade. "I don't want to be quoted anymore about how bad things were," i Ellington said the biggest round of improvements came after teaching the staff what the federal government expects of a local housing authority: quick response times to repair calls, a well-defined budget, proper paperwork. That hadn't happened. ' "They were excited just to know what the goals were and what they were expected to do," Ellington said. "A lot of it was just teaching people the 'government way.' When you do something anything you write it down and create a file." 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