HUD Contracts Prompts More Questions About Jackson
How a three-employee Texas company went from having no government work in 2004 to landing $71 million in contracts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to oversee the upkeep and sale of defaulted homes was detailed Sunday by The Post's Carol D. Leonnig.
A Post examination of HUD's contracts shows that Harrington, Moran and Barksdale Inc. (HMBI) -- which had previously managed a handful of apartment buildings and development projects -- and two other companies won hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts under former Secretary Alphonso Jackson, who resigned last month amid a criminal probe.
Career contracting staff repeatedly raised questions the contracts and Jackson even acknowledged taking note of political loyalties. The National Journal broke a story about other questionable contracts in October and found Jackson had lined up a $485,000 contract at the HUD-controlled Housing Authority of New Orleans for a golfing buddy and social friend from Hilton Head Island, S.C.
By Derek Kravitz |
May 19, 2008; 4:51 PM ET
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