On Monday, June 4, HUD held a UPCS-V Information Technology (IT) Summit. During the session, HUD Inspection Standards and Data for Vouchers (ISDV), presented brief welcoming remarks, an overview of where we are in the protocol development process (29,132 inspections conducted; 170 PHAs trained by April; and 247 participating PHAs), described the protocol; described the decision trees; and provided a technical overview of VEDGA.
During the session, HUD also mentioned that a beta version of the UPCS-V protocol would soon be publicly available. Yesterday, HUD published the beta version of the UPCS-V protocol. Changes in the new version of the protocol are based on three guiding principles: simplicity, transparency, and meeting the objective of national housing policy (i.e., aligning with UPCS). Specific changes include the following:
- An addition of a glossary;
- An updated life threatening or emergency (LTE) deficiencies list;
- Inclusion of carbon monoxide as an inspectable item;
- Fifty-three percent decrease in length;
- The alphabetization of the defect dictionary; and
- An overall reorganization of the document to provide information clearly.
Input and feedback on this version of the protocol can be given at ISDV@hud.gov.
HUD is specifically seeking feedback on the following:
- Should there be additional terms added to the glossary?
- Is the order or the protocol logical and does it meet inspector needs?
- Is there anything missing from the protocol that a novice inspector might need?
The slides from the HUD UPCS-V IT session can be found here.
The beta UPCS-V protocol can be found here.