WASHINGTON -- A top HUD official Friday triggered doubts about the ability of the department to conduct several new programs related to tax-exempt bonds when he acknowledged that the agency is still far from solving its chronic staff shortages.

"Although the department is moving aggressively to address [various] problems, we remain very concerned about the human resource management issue," said John J. Connors, deputy inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Connors was testifying before the House Banking Committee's subcommittee on housing and community development.

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