Anticipating that HUD would react the way they did, I asked the Maryland State Attorney General to protect me under the Federal Whistleblower statutes currently in place commonly used to protect government workers against retaliation from their government employers. They didn't exactly refuse, but they didn't agree to, either. In fact - they referred me back to HUD to investigate itself. Below is the response I received:
I checked and HUD’s website is referring to State whistleblower laws and protections for state employees. I did locate the followinghttp://www.hud.gov/complaints/
fraud_waste.cfm. While not specific to whistleblower, it appears to be a way to let someone in federal government know what you are experiencing. It may be worth a try. I wish I could provide more.
Citizen Response Coordinator
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Isn't that a little like asking the fox to guard the henhouse?! And, in fact I got a very official-looking response from HUDs OIG Division:
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20410-4500
Dear Ms. York:
We reviewed the information you provided to our office and determined that
your issues could best be addressed by the HUD program office with jurisdiction in
these matters. Therefore, we recommend you follow up with HUD’s Office of Public
Housing, Washington, DC (3GPH).
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Director, Office of Public Housing Washington, DC (3GPH)
820 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone (202) 275-6381
Fax (202) 275-6388
Michael R. Kirby
Director, Program Integrity
A political hot-potato much? Like I have time to keep writing letters and calling people. No, I don't. I have to pack, since it was no ones job to listen to me and protect me, but - it was everybody's job to take my rent money.