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Huge FY 2018 Cuts Considered for HUD

Trump administration considering more than $6 billion in cuts

Budget cut

The Trump administration, as reported by The Washington Post on March 8, 2017, is looking at cutting HUD's budget by over $6 billion for fiscal year 2018. That's a 14% reduction.

The plans include reducing HUD salaries and administrative expenses by 5%.

Almost one-third of the cuts would be from the public housing capital and operating funds. These cuts would hurt low-income families by reducing the availability of subsidized housing vouchers and severely reducing funding for major repairs at public housing, where facilities are already in poor condition.

The proposed budget would also reduce funding to house the elderly by about 10%, to house people with disabilities by almost 20%, as well as Section 8 housing and vouchers for homeless veterans.

Funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program would also be cut.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson responded by writing to HUD employees, "We are working hard to support those programs that help so many Americans, focus on our core mission, and ensure that every tax dollar is spent wisely and effectively."

The preliminary budget document obtained by The Post is not a final budget proposal, and was probably prepared before Secretary Carson was confirmed. Read the full article.

You Said It: "HUD is the Worst Place to Work"

Employee Viewpoint Survey Shows HUD Tied for Last Place among Federal Agencies

Local 476 President Ashaki Robinson Johns Addresses Survey Findings

Ashaki Robinson Johns

HUD's Employee Satisfaction Rate Declines for Third Straight Year

See the full report of the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results.

The evidence is in. HUD ranks (once again) as one of the worst places to work in the Federal Government. This is not news as most of us are aware of morale’s downward spiral across the Department in the past few years. As federal employees, we are assaulted on many fronts; conservatives don’t see the utility of federal service and liberals don’t think that we do enough to service our customers. Sadly, it seems as if we are also being attacked from within our agency by upper management that is constantly “transforming” the way that we do business.

We have been told to “identify core values” as if we did not possess a collective moral compass that drives us to do our best. Bumper stickers and tote bags are emblazoned with “I believe in HUD” as if WE needed to be reminded of the importance of our jobs and expertise.

Now there is a video running on HUDTV with the trite business fiction, “Who Moved My Cheese,” where humans are encouraged to act as mice behave when cheese is moved within a maze. The video asks “Which mouse are you? Are you the mouse that quickly adapts to change or are you the victim who asks “why” the cheese was moved?” To think that those of us who have made careers out of knowing what works best in housing are likened to those who whine and complain with every change is insulting. I truly wonder which core value that thought represents.

There is value in asking about the timing and utility of implementing a haphazard, all-encompassing, and extremely expensive New Core shared services agreement in a time of sequestration and cutbacks to our programs.

I encourage each of you to continue to ask the questions. Talk to your colleagues. Question the changes. Offer solutions to work in partnership with management.

Active participation in our Union has never been more important. Join the Union today so your voice can be heard!