While the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s legacy, Obamacare, frustratingly still stands, the Trump Administration has been impressively proactive in taking a jackhammer to many other aspects of it.
The Washington Examiner reports that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development intends to do away with the Obama Administration’s practice of awarding Section 8 housing contracts on the basis of a grant-like process, and return to a more taxpayer-friendly process of competitive bidding.
The Obama move was the subject of a string of lawsuits and unfavorable Government Accountability Office rulings, yet refused to change back. Fortunately, that might finally be coming to an end:
The HUD official said many of the steps necessary to change back to the competitive procurement method are being taken now, but didn’t want to comment on when the announcement from the department might happen for fear of tainting the bidding process.
Supporters of the competitive bidding procurement process say the net result will increase efficiency in the program and save taxpayer money. And Republican lawmakers that have been critical of HUD’s actions in the past are applauding the change in course as well.
“When dealing with performance-based Section 8 contract administrators, it’s clear that full and open competition is the way to get the best value for the taxpayer,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. “As Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, I have repeatedly insisted both publicly and privately that HUD follow Congressional intent, the GAO, and the Supreme Court.”
Ensuring the work goes to those who will do the best job, that it costs taxpayers less money, and that our federal government in’t breaking the law? Sounds good to us!
Of course, this is only the beginning of the changes that need to come to HUD. Under Obama, the agency acted as a tool for class warfare, racial resentment, and government dependency. Cutting costs and undoing scandals is a strong start, but here’s hoping a more radical reorientation of HUD’s mission, with the end goal of decentralizing the entire subject back to the states, comes next.