Financial Accountability

"We are committed to strong performance and transparent stewardship of resources."
-Chuck Wehrwein, acting CEO, NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America is a congressionally chartered corporation that receives a direct annual appropriation to support our work of strengthening communities and expanding opportunities for affordable housing. 

To ensure the funds we receive achieve the most good, we hold ourselves to the highest operational standards and multiple levels of oversight.

Office of the Chief Financial Officer: The NeighborWorks America chief financial officer is responsible for managing and reporting the corporation's finances. He is the key point of contact for the stakeholders listed below.

NeighborWorks board of directors: The board of directors includes the heads of the federal financial regulatory agencies, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., National Credit Union Administration, Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Internal and external auditors report directly to the NeighborWorks board of directors.
>> See our board of directors
 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB):  Every year, the corporation prepares an annual budget submission for the OMB providing detailed financial and programmatic information regarding how the prior year’s appropriation was used, along with its plans for the requested funds for the next fiscal year. A recommended funding level for the corporation is included in the President’s budget request to Congress.
 
Congress: The corporation submits an annual budget justification to its Authorizing and Appropriations Committees in both houses of the U.S. Congress. This provides detailed financial and programmatic information regarding how the prior year’s appropriation was used, programmatic outcomes and accomplishments, plans for the coming year and other information.
>>Read the budget justification
 
External audit: NeighborWorks America undergoes an annual third-party financial audit by one of the nation’s top public accounting firms. The external, independent auditor provides a full audit of the corporation’s financial statements in accordance with formal industry standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The contract for auditing is rebid every five years.
>>Read the external audits
 
Internal auditor: NeighborWorks America employs a full-time internal auditor and staff to assure compliance with established financial and operational procedures.  The duties and responsibilities are similar to those of an inspector general in larger federal agencies, and involve a continual review of financial transactions, internal controls and adherence to established procedures.
>>Read about internal auditing