In my continuing effort to keep manufactured home installers informed, I feel compelled to make you aware of a recent news item out of Washington, D.C. Last week it was learned that Pamela Danner, who served as Manufactured Housing Program Administrator has been reassigned. She has been moved out of the manufactured housing programs into what appears to be a temporary position at HUD. Also, it has been reported that Lois Starkey who served as a Management Analyst in the Manufactured Housing Programs, has left HUD.
If you worked at that level of government for any length of time, you know that this is business as usual. Regardless of our personal opinion of their performance, I think we can agree, that these women genuinely wanted the industry to prosper and did their jobs with integrity and class.
Additionally, there is a rumor on the street that the chief engineer is scheduled to retire in February.
That is three important positions in a program that generally only has about ten staff members. We can take comfort in the fact that Teresa Payne, the current Deputy Administrator, will assume the role of Acting Administrator until a new administrator is named. And the remaining staff at HUD are experienced, talented and capable. However, I am concerned.
It is no secret that there are quite a few unfilled job vacancies at HUD. Should these Manufactured Housing positions go unfilled for any length of time, it can undermine the program at a time when manufactured housing industry is showing strong sales and a bright future. We can only hope that these positions get filled quickly with qualified candidates.
Should I hear more news on this issue, I will be sure to share it with you.
In closing, I wish for you a profitable, productive and safe 2018!