Departmental Enforcement Center [HUD] Law and Legal Definition

The Departmental Enforcement Center (DEC) is a program office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that focuses on assuring the highest standards of ethics, management and accountability in the resolution of HUD's troubled properties. The DEC aims to bring owners to full compliance so that there is no compromise in the quality of America's housing.

Enforcement action taken by the DEC includes administrative sanctions, such as civil money penalties, suspension or debarment, and possible referral to the Department of Justice for civil action.