The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched an investigation into the Los Angeles Housing Authority, according to published reports.
The investigation, which began on Dec. 16, comes on the heels of an audit released last week by Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel that found a lack of oversight in the agency’s travel budget, including double- and triple-billing on meals, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
HUD officials said the investigation was sparked by Greuel’s report and they will be working with the controller while they conduct their investigation.
The Housing Authority has a $900 million, federally funded annual budget to provide Section 8 federal housing assistance and other housing aid.
The agency has been the subject in recent weeks of news reports about the upscale dining habits and expenditures of its employees.