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Tuesday, February 11

Grassley and the SSHA

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is asking the David A. Montoya, inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate some "possible financial and administrative mismanagement at the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority." (Imagine that!?)

The request is based in part on information from John Kaufmann, the man who has fed this story since its inception with fresh information like logs for an intriguing fire (couple examples here and here, — he even made a guest post on this blog). The other part of what Grassley is basing his questions on is reporting from The Saratogian. You might recall, we've written about the SSHA once or twice?

Anyway, Grassley's office is specifically looking at the potential conflict of the SSHA hiring one of their employees sons as their attorney at $37,500 a year as well as some of the travel expenses the Comptroller deemed inappropriate in the past, the hiring of an assistant director with a starting salary of $89,500, as well as some other things.

This isn't the first time Grassley has questioned some of the SSHA's practices — not even the first time he has questioned whether there is nepotism in the publicly-funded authority.

Here is the letter he sent to the inspector general. I'll be following it as always.

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