Irony is dead. Long live irony. In the same week that it was revealed that Ben and Candy Carson skirted public spending rules to purchase a $31,000 dining set for the Carsons’ office, the HUD director announced new measures to “protect the financial integrity of the agency and correct lax internal processes and controls.”
“We simply need to do better,” Carson said. “We will approach this as any business would, by increasing transparency and accountability. In the end, we will also support a culture that respects the fact that hud funds belong to the public.”
CNN reported that hud staffer Helen Foster filed a complaint in 2017 claiming she was demoted for refusing to spend more than was allowed to decorate Carson’s office.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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