Transparency and Oversight isn't necessary.

Federal government agencies should trust states to manage the distribution of federal tax dollars. Our strength comes from federalism where the federal government is saying yes we trust states and won't have to micromanage or look over their shoulders.

Will citizens be involved in how federal funds for CDBG-DR programs are allocated and used?

Louisiana

Yes, citizens have the right to voice their opinions but you as an official of the state should limit the citizens involvement so not to obstruct your state agenda.

CDBG-DR Funds

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Louisiana Public Meeting law using Zoom Platform

Louisiana

Following the processes below will allow each group governed under public meetings laws to circumvent any oversight and controls the state has imposed.

Executive Director

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Select HUD Programs

Louisiana

Select HUD programs that lead to undersubscribed programs

Offering Rental Assistance will allow you to fund Mortgage Assistance but not allow application processing.

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File Naming Conventions

Louisiana

For all internal documents follow department naming convention policy for all files saved to state servers. For public facing and federal required announcements do not use any logical naming convention to maintain file obscurity and reduce search engine indexing.

Executive Branch

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Select HUD Programs

Louisiana

Select HUD programs that lead to undersubscribed programs

Offering Rental Assistance will allow you to fund Mortgage Assistance but not allow application processing.

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Public Comments

Louisiana

Reduce public comments and feedback that could delay state reallocations of federal tax dollar funded programs.

Executive Branch

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$5 million is "non-substantial"

Louisiana

Oversight

Master Action Plan identifies any federal taxpayer funded program created by the state that uses allocations under $5 million is classified as a non-substantial change.

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Public Meeting Law

Louisiana

Louisiana AG Opinion 2019-0128 La. Atty. Gen. Op. Nos. 12-0177 and 90-349

The legislature has made it clear that any means used to circumvent the intent of the Open Meetings Law, such as proxy voting procedure, secret balloting, and informal polling, are prohibited. La. R.S. 42:14(B).

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Disaster Housing Assistance

Louisiana

Oversight

Waivers and policy changes to programs allow states to reduce the amount of funding required to serve the low - moderate income households.

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