Web Access Security
What Is WASS?
WASS stands for web access security system. The
purpose of WASS is to provide secure access to the
HUD systems environment by their trusted business
partners and internal HUD users. Currently, WASS
provides access to over 15 systems for external users
and over 20 systems for internal users.
How Does WASS Relate to You?
There are over 57,000 users who access HUD
systems annually. Most WASS users are regular
USERS. A regular USER is a user who has a role and
actions assigned to them by their COORDINATOR. A
COORDINATOR represents one or more of HUD’s
business partners and is a user whose role is to
ensure system security and ensure that users are
properly assigned system privileges.
How Do I Get Access to WASS
and the HUD Systems?
To access WASS you must first be a registered user.
Depending on whether you are an internal HUD user
or an external HUD user your registration option will
vary. For external users, to register go to the REAC
(Real Estate Assessment Center) homepage at the
The web page should look like the the screen below:
To begin external user registration, click the “Online
On this screen you will see three different registration forms. The
form you pick to register will depend on which housing
organization system you need access to. Coordinators only use the
“Public Housing Agency” and “Multifamily Housing Entity” form to
register. The three different forms external users can use to
register are displayed on the next slides.
Multifamily Housing Entity Registration Form
Public Housing Agency Registration Form
Independent User Registration Form
Registrations are processed over night and
Coordinator user id’s normally take 7 to 10 business
days to process and are received by mail. Regular
user id’s are also generated over night and can be
obtained from your Coordinator the next business
Internal/Intranet Users (HUD employees and
contractors who access HUD systems through HUD’s
intranet), must obtain their user ID from the ADP
Security Office rather than the Online Registration
available on the Internet. After obtaining your user
id you need to contact your subsystem administrator
for access to WASS.
Note to all applicants: the success of your registration
depends on the accuracy of your registration information.
How Do I Use WASS to Access
Once you have registered and have a received a user
id and password (your default password will be
“password”) you can now access HUD systems
through WASS. External users should go to the REAC
homepage to login, here is the URL again:
Internal users should go to this URL to login:
EXTERNAL USER LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS
For external users, you will notice this is the same web page you
used to register for your user id and password. Above the “Online
Registration” button you will see a “LOG IN” button. Click on this
button to bring up the login prompt.
EXTERNAL USER LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS cont…
• After clicking on the button you will see a prompt to enter your user
id and password.
• Enter your your user id and password. Since you are an external
user, your user id will begin with an M or I.
INTERNAL USER LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS
For internal users, you will see this page when go to log in.
To login enter your user id and password in the text boxes
and click “Login”. Since you are an internal user, your user id will begin
with an H or C.
For either an external or internal user, once you
have entered your user id and password and have
successfully authenticated. You will see a screen
like this one below:
Now That I Have Accessed
WASS, What Systems and
Privileges Do I Have?
As a user of WASS and HUD systems you only need
to know the roles and actions that affect you directly.
Roles are functional positions that are used to
categorize USERS and actions define what rights and
privileges USERS can do in terms of one or more
systems. Your COORDINATOR assigns the roles and
actions to you. These roles and actions will
determine what systems you have access to and
what privileges you have as a user.
The systems and privileges you are assigned will be displayed
when you login. By looking at that page below you can see the
Systems and Privileges available under the “Systems” heading
and “System Administration” heading.
What if I run into trouble
accessing or using WASS?
If you have any trouble accessing a particular system
or encounter an problems while using a system you
should contact the TAC (Technical Assistance
Center). They are your first line of support should
you encounter any trouble accessing WASS and HUD
systems. The TAC can be contacted by phone or
Information for contacting the TAC is below:
To email the TAC select the “Contact us” link on the REAC
Online web page here is the URL again:
THANK YOU! for taking the time to participate in the WASS
express tutorial. For more information on WASS, the users
manual and more documentation can found at the following