UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker took another step to distance himself from corruption scandals plaguing the county, when he announced an external audit of the much-maligned housing department.
The audit on the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be performed by the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research and it will cost the county $64,802.
The DHCD is the center of a ongoing investigation by federal authorities, after former county executive Jack Johnson was busted by the FBI for allegedly taking money in exchange for housing contracts.
County officials did not specifically connect the announcement of the audit to any of the accusations against Johnson however.
"Concern about longstanding, systemic issues in the County's Department of Housing and Community Development, the Council initiated an outside audit of the agency during a budget review last spring," stated Prince George's County Council Chair Ingrid M. Turner.
County officials said they'll work closely with Virginia Tech to make sure the audit is completed by May of 2011.