Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 112 Part 3.djvu/802

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112 STAT. 2632 PUBLIC LAW 105-276—OCT. 21, 1998 42 USC 1437d note. 42 USC 1437d note. 42 USC 1437c. Deadline. (d) IMPLEMENTATION. — The Secretary may administer the amendments made by subsection (a) as necessary to ensure the efficient and effective initial implementation of this section. (e) APPLICABILITY. — This section shall take effect on, and the amendments made by this section are made on, and shall apply beginning upon, the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 566. AUDITS. Section 5 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437d), as amended by the preceding provisions of this Act, is further amended by inserting after subsection (g) the following new subsection: "(h) AUDITS. — "(1) BY SECRETARY AND COMPTROLLER GENERAL. —Each contract for contributions for any assistance under this Act to a public housing agency shall provide that the Secretary, the Inspector (General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their duly authorized representatives, shall, for the purpose of audit and examination, have access to any books, documents, papers, and records of the public housing agency that are pertinent to this Act and to its operations with respect to financial assistance under the this Act. "(2) WITHHOLDING OF AMOUNTS FOR AUDITS UNDER SINGLE AUDIT ACT.— The Secretary may, in the sole discretion of the Secretary, arrange for and pay the costs of an audit required under chapter 75 of title 31, United States Code. In such circumstances, the Secretary may withhold, from assistance otherwise payable to the agency under this Act, amounts sufficient to pay for the reasonable costs of conducting an acceptable audit, including, when appropriate, the reasonable costs of accounting services necessary to place the agency's books and records in auditable condition. As agreed to by the Secretary and the Inspector General, the Inspector General may arrange for an audit under this paragraph.". SEC. 567. ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY OF NEW ORLEANS. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.— The Secretary and the Housing Authority of New Orleans (in this section referred to as the "Housing Authority") shall, pursuant to the cooperative endeavor agreement in effect between the Secretary and the Housing Authority, establish an advisory council for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (in this section referred to as the "advisory council") that complies with the requirements of this section. (b) MEMBERSHIP.— (1) IN GENERAL.— The advisory council shall be appointed by the Secretary, not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall be composed of the following members: (A) The Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (or the Inspector General's designee). (B) Not more than 7 other members, who shall be selected for appointment based on their experience in successfully reforming troubled public housing agencies or in providing affordable housing in coordination with State