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Comments: In our February 2010 report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) program, we found that HUD did not track NAHASDA grantees' plans to address their housing-related infrastructure needs. We recommended that in its revision of the Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report (IHP/APR) for the grant program, HUD ensure that the IHP and APR assess the effectiveness of infrastructure development in meeting the needs of low-income Native Americans, such as by measuring the number of low-income Native Americans that have better access to drinking water or a safe heat source. In February 2011, OMB approved HUD's new IHP/APR form, which HUD will implement for fiscal year 2012. The IHP section of the form now allows grantees to list and provide details on the housing programs they plan to pursue. Each program description must include the eligible activity, its intended outcome, planned outputs, who will be assisted, and types and levels of assistance. HUD instructs grantees to distinguish individual programs in their reporting so that they and HUD can track the tasks and results related to each program. In the related APR section of the form, grantees report the actual number of households served by each program.

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