The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency is temporarily withdrawing from the weatherization business, less than three months after an FBI raid of the program’s Bond Hill offices.
The announcement follows a Sept. 20 letter in which the Ohio Department of Development identified $795,526 in “questioned costs” in CAA’s federally funded program. Weatherization is one of several anti-poverty programs operated by CAA. It installs new furnaces, insulation and energy-efficient windows in low-income households.
“The magnitude of program compliance issues questions CHCCAA’s ability to manage the Home Weatherization Assistance Program now and going forward,” wrote Nick Sunday, deputy chief of ODOD’s office of community assistance, which administers federal spending of weatherization funds. “The agency has communicated its willingness to give up the program and to allow OCA to begin the process of selecting a new provider. OCA supports this decision."
Not Solyndra ($800,000, not 1/2 billion dollars, at issue); nonetheless, this is yet another example of how government should not be entrusted with taxpayer dollars except where absolutely necessary.