Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) Initiative Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQs)
Note: Please also
see Admission and
Occupancy (Related to EID), General
Income and Rent Determination, Verification,
and RIM Reviews FAQs for questions/answers
on income and rent issues.
Question: What is RHIIP?
Answer: A 2001 initiative, the Rental Housing Integrity Improvement
Project (RHIIP) is a Secretarial priority designed to reduce income
and rent errors and improper payments in the administration of public
housing and Section 8 programs. RHIIP addresses HUD's high-risk
status and corrects material management control weaknesses through
a comprehensive approach that uncovers root causes of income and
2. Question: What "comprehensive approach" is HUD
taking, under the RHIIP initiative, to reduce rent calculation errors
and improper payments?
Answer: HUD's comprehensive approach to reducing rent calculation
errors and improper payments involves:
overly complex program requirements and policies
the occupancy knowledge and skills of HUD and PHA staff through
training and technical assistance
incentives and sanctions necessary to improve program performance
and accountability on the part of HUD, HUD's program intermediaries,
and the tenants they serve.
updated occupancy guidebooks and other materials to assist administrators
of public housing and Section 8 programs
up-front income verification of income and wage information through
Rental Integrity Monitoring (RIM) Reviews, identifying root causes
of income and rent errors and recommending necessary corrective
actions for PHA improved performance.
3. Question: What is the current error rate for rent calculation
errors and improper payments?
Answer: According to the HUD PD&R 2001
Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidies Determinations (QC)
study, 60% of all rent and subsidy calculations contained some
type of rent, administrative, or component error. PD&R is currently
conducting a QC study to measure the Department's progress in reducing
the number and dollar amounts of rent calculation and improper payments
4. Question: How are rent, administrative, and component errors
defined in the 2001 HUD PD&R study?
Answer: As defined in the 2001 HUD PD&R QC study:
errors are errors that result in an actual dollar error. A
dollar error means the household paid too much rent (an overpayment)
or the household paid less rent than it should have paid (an underpayment).
errors are errors that result from mistakes in procedure (e.g.,
consistency errors, arithmetic errors, and transcription errors).
errors are the income and expense components used to calculate
rent. The income components are employment income, Social Security
and pensions, public assistance, etc.
5. Question: What, if any, goals have been set for reducing
rent calculation errors and improper payments?
Answer: The President's
Management Agenda for Fiscal Year 2002 mandated that HUD reduce
by 50 percent both the frequency of calculation and processing errors
and the amount of subsidy overpayment by 2005. In conjunction with
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), HUD has established interim
goals that call for:
15% reduction in the dollar amount of errors by FY 2003
30% reduction by FY 2004
6. Question: Does HUD offer any guidance, training, and/or technical
assistance on income and rent determination to achieve such goals?
Answer: Yes. The Department does offer program
guidance and training and technical assistance
to enhance the occupancy knowledge and skills of HUD and PHA staff.
This effort is a part of HUD's comprehensive approach to ensuring
that incomes are properly verified and rents are calculated correctly.