HUD Launches Spanish-Language Blog As Obama Announces Campaign to Reduce Waste

By Susan Jones | June 14, 2011 | 11:06 AM EDT

President Barack Obama speaks to a group of supporters at a Miami fundraiser, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

( - "Y ahora somos bilingües," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Monday. Translation: "And now we've gone bilingual!"

HUD officially launched its Spanish language blog, called The HUDdle en Espanol, on June 13, the same day President Obama announced his Campaign to Reduce Waste.

As part of that campaign, Obama said he’s directed Vice President Joe Biden to “hunt down misspent tax dollars in every agency and department” of the federal government. That includes shutting down hundreds of government Web sites that “we should consolidate or just get rid of,” Obama said.

Like its English counterpart, HUD’s new Spanish-language blog will "provide a platform for new dialogue about housing-related information," the agency said in a news release. “[W]ith 1 in 6 Americans being of Hispanic heritage, HUD understands the importance of embracing our collective diversity and has taken great strides to not only expand the vehicles of communication available, but transform the way the agency does business."

Like the blogs of other federal agencies, The HUDdle – whether it's in English or Spanish -- essentially is a public relations vehicle, touting and defending various agency accomplishments.

HUD calls its Spanish-language blog "a transparent foundation for public engagement, housing education, and up-close and personal look at the Obama administration's efforts to address the issues."

HUD promises both its Spanish and English readers there will be regular bloggers, guest bloggers, video blogs, and “special behind-the-scenes-HUD content you won’t find anywhere else.”

"So whether you’re practicing your Spanish or it’s your first language, be sure to visit the new blog and leave us a comment," HUD said.

Other federal agencies, even the White House, offer some Spanish-language content on their Web sites, including press releases and fact sheets, but most of them do not have Spanish-language blogs.