The restrictions that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) attached to Puerto Rico’s long-delayed disaster recovery funds could be constituted as “discriminatory treatment” against the island and further delay disbursement, stated former local Housing Secretary Fernando Gil.
However, Gil lost his position as local Housing Secretary after Gov. Wanda Vázquez indicated in a press conference on Sunday that she asked for his resignation after losing trust in him, but didn’t offer further details.
Aside from the monitor’s supervision, the new rules require that the local government seek a certification from the FOMB validating that the Action Plan for Disaster Recovery aligns with the board’s budgets and fiscal plans.
“The news out of Puerto Rico is disturbing, to say the least. In order for healing to begin, corruption must end. This further underscores the importance of the reforms and financial controls we put in place to ensure these resources reach those who need them most,” Ben Carson HUD Secretary posted on his Twitter account late Sunday.