Congress has consistently rewarded Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials with bigger budgets despite their demonstrated inability to manage tax dollars efficiently, but that may be about to change under President Donald Trump.

Instead of cutting the department’s funding when it failed each year since 2014 to obtain an audit opinion from its Inspector General (IG), Congress has increased HUD’s budget, to $47.3 billion in 2016.

It was in 2014 that HUD’s budget was $45.5 billion and its spending had become so incomprehensible that the department’s Inspector General (IG) said it was impossible to figure out its books. The IG still can’t complete an audit on HUD’s 2015 and 2016 financial statements.

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