HUD No. 05-088
June 21, 2005
HUD ANNOUNCES SWEARING IN OF NEW
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOUSING/FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that Brian D. Montgomery has been sworn in by HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson as HUD's new Assistant Secretary for Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner.
Mr. Montgomery, who was confirmed by the Senate June 13, comes to HUD from the Executive Office of the President at the White House. Until his nomination on April 25 by President Bush for his HUD position, Mr. Montgomery served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary since January 2003. As Cabinet Secretary and a member of the President's senior staff, Montgomery worked to ensure that agency initiatives and programs were effectively communicated to the White House Staff, and acted as one of the primary information sources of White House policy and directives for the Cabinet. Montgomery also served as Director of Presidential Advance from 2001 until 2003.
"Brian has the executive skills, background and talent to fill this vital position and help meet the challenges facing the Department," said Secretary Jackson. "His extensive management experience in both the public and private sectors will be a tremendous asset to HUD as we work each day to increase housing opportunities for all Americans."
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Montgomery was Chief Deputy and Director of Special Events and Operations for the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee. He also served as Director of Advance for the Bush-Cheney 2000 Presidential Campaign. From 1995 to 1999, Montgomery was Communications Director at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Texas Department of Economic Development.
As Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, Montgomery will be responsible for overseeing the $500 billion Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance portfolio. In addition, he will oversee HUD's regulatory responsibilities in the areas of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the housing mission of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the manufactured housing industry.
A graduate of the University of Houston, Montgomery and his wife Katy reside in Falls Church, Virginia. Katy is employed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
HUD is the nations housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.