U.S. senator demands Atlanta Housing Authority salary records | www.myajc.com

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U.S. senator demands Atlanta Housing Authority salary records | www.myajc.com

A veteran U.S. senator known for launching investigations into the possible misuse of federal funds is probing what he called “exorbitant” salaries at the Atlanta Housing Authority.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development demanding information about pay and other perks at the Atlanta agency that provides housing for the city’s poor.

The move came in response to an April 3 article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showing that 22 employees — or 10 percent of the authority’s workforce — earned more than $150,000 in salaries and performance bonuses in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. Nearly 20 percent earned more than $100,000, the AJC revealed. Grassley said he was “shocked” by the figures.

In a statement Monday, AHA spokesman Rick White said the department looks forward to responding to Grassley’s concerns “because we firmly believe our approach is the right approach (and) we’re spending fewer dollars and getting better outcomes.”

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