|HUD No. 09-055
May 8, 2009
RON SIMS SWORN IN AS HUD'S DEPUTY SECRETARY
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (right) administers the oath of office to Deputy Secretary Ron Sims as Sims' wife, Cayan Topacio, holds the Bible.
WASHINGTON - Ron Sims was sworn in today as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sims was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2009. As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims will be charged with managing the Department's day-to-day operations, a nearly $39 billion annual operating budget, and the agency's 8,500 employees.
"President Obama, Secretary Donovan, and Congress have all voiced a clear expectation that HUD can and must now step up to unprecedented levels of leadership in America's national recovery," said Sims. "I am ready to help Secretary Donovan to bring transformational change to HUD. This organization must work - and it must serve not simply as a pass-fail bureaucracy. It must be a creative engine of ideas, actions and tools -- in which employees, partners and our customers are empowered to implement a shared vision of the future."
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said, "The drive and vision Ron brings is critical to our efforts to not only transform the Agency but to help the nation's communities recover and to better position them for the future. Our leadership team is now coming together and we can now focus on systemic reform, policy innovation, and harnessing private sector capital and talent as well as new kinds of partnership and collaboration to respond to the nation's housing crisis."
Formerly the King County, Washington Executive, Sims earned numerous accolades and a national reputation for his environmental stewardship, aggressive reforms of government, and for his willingness to make the tough choices necessary to ensure that American tax dollars are spent wisely.
Sims is a graduate of Central Washington University.
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