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Who will replace Pam Danner at HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs?

May 17th, 2018 Comments off
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Photo credits are as shown, plus Vic DeRose photo from his law firm, Teresa Payne photo from Manufactured Home Living News, with Payne’s hands above and below the red HUD label on a manufactured home.

The Daily Business News can report that there are multiple candidates for the position vacated by the removal of Pam Danner at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP).

 

According to the HUD website, the Mission of “The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs executes responsible regulation and solutions-oriented oversight and monitoring to protect consumers and preserve and promote the affordability, quality, durability, and safety of manufactured homes.  This office also provides technical assistance to Federal Housing Administration programs.”

The one candidate we are able to publicly name at this time is Vic DeRose.

At one point prior to Danner’s selection, DeRose was the “consensus candidate” openly advocated for by both national associations: the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

MHARR still supports DeRose, while MHI is characteristically mum on the topic, at least in public.

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As an attorney with a deep background in manufactured housing, DeRose would bring several useful experiences to the table at HUD. He is liked and respected, per industry sources.

Stating one or more names of others who are seeking the job of administrator over OMHP, or who are being promoted for the position by various interests, would de facto tend to reveal the source(s) for the information.

That said, it is fair to say that there is significant weight that could be thrown behind an alternative candidate to De Rose.

MHProNews know De Rose by reputation, including his deep family ties to the industry.

Industry sources tell MHProNews that De Rose comes highly recommended by those who know him.

 

The Word From HUD

The word heard from the halls at HUD is that no quick decision is going to be made to replace Danner.

As has been previously reported, Teresa Payne is temporarily in charge of the program there. HUD is still officially reviewing the input from public comments to HUD about the MH Program, requested earlier this year.

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While De Rose, per our sources, would be a far better leader for the program – especially when compared to what was widely seen by industry professionals as the disastrous years under Danner – sources say it is far from certain that he will get the nod.

What is sure is that the Danner years – which Secretary Carson may have had in mind when he called some of the regulations over manufactured housing “ridiculous” – should serve as a reminder to the industry of just how problematic it is to have the wrong person in that critical role.

MHProNews will continue to monitor the developing situation. Some related back stories regarding Danner are found or linked in the report below. ##  (News, analysis and commentary.)

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Pamela Beck Danner, JD – Current HUD Manufactured Housing Program Director – Video from Supporters

November 13th, 2017 Comments off

PamelaBeckTrusteeLeadershipAwardDailyBuisnessNewsMHProNews720It was 5 years before there was a slogan for the Democratic Party’s nominee, “I’m with Her.”

But it’s a slogan that Pamela Beck Danner, JD, could have used to promote her own prior contest, which was spotlighted in this campaign video made by her backers.

MHProNews editorially has spotlighted for some 2 years (+/-) the need to see Ms. Danner replaced as the administrator for the HUD Code manufactured home program.

That call for Danner’s replacement at HUD recently seemed to get a high visibility boost.  More on that story’s update, linked below.

Andy Gallagher, “Ousting” Pam Danner, MHI, Clayton’s RVP, WVHI – “Transparency”

 

MHProNews has given Ms. Danner an opportunity to respond, which has not yet been accepted.

We believe in ‘fair and balanced’ coverage.

So when someone doesn’t speak up for themselves – as a ‘next best thing,’ posting this flashback video by Danner’s supporters, while not related whatsoever to her current role at HUD – gives readers a sense that she is personally liked by many.  That includes manufactured home industry professionals, a number of whom nevertheless want to see her be replaced at HUD (see the linked article, above).

MHProNews has previously reported before her deep ties to Democratic politics, just as we did Lesli Gooch’s ties to GOP politics.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, events, analysis, commentary.)

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“Multiple Fatal Defects,” Association Calls HUD Secretary Carson to Enforce Trump’s Executive Order, re: HUD IB

July 5th, 2017 Comments off

AssociationWarnsHUDIBLetterStopDailyBusinessNewsReportsDataResortsMHProNewsThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured housing program administrator, Pamela Beck Danner, JD, or another person there authorized the issue of an Interpretive Bulletin (IB) concerning “frost-free” and frost-protected manufactured housing foundations in freezing climates.

The HUD IB was issued on June 23, 2017, states the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).   That bulletin, MHARR tells MHProNews, has “multiple fatal defects.”

MHARR asked for manufactured home industry “Manufacturers, Retailers, And Communities” to be alerted to the impacts, and costs associated with the latest HUD IB.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) position on this IB is not clear to the Daily Business News at this time.  MHProNews has asked MHI for a comment, which has not yet been received as of the time of this report’s publication.

Citing the regulatory “freeze” order issued by the Trump Administration on January 20, 2017,” MHARR sent Dr. Carson a communication to Secretary Carson (copy attached), asking HUD:

(1) to state whether the proposed IB was reviewed and approved by an agency head or designee appointed by President Trump after Noon on January 20, 2017, as required by the “freeze” order;

(2) to identify any such official(s) or designee(s) who reviewed and approved the proposed IB; and

(3) to state whether that official was aware of the multiple fatal defects in the proposed IB that are detailed by MHARR in its communication.

The MHARR’s full release to MHProNews is linked here.

The copy of the letter sent to HUD Secretary, Dr. Carson is linked here. ##

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Note 1: Dr. Carson has been the subject of several recent reports and videos of interest to industry readers; one is linked here, and here.

Note 2: Pam Danner’s belated effort to ‘promote’ manufactured housing is linked here.

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MHARR Criticizes Danner, HUD for Violating the MH Improvement Act of 2000

April 21st, 2016 Comments off

mharr logoThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews a letter from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to David A. Tompos, president of NTA in Nappanee, IN indicates HUD has hired SEBA Professional Services, LLC to review installation manuals for manufactured homes (MH). The review will be based on the design review process used by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). After review the report will be distributed to the appropriate DAPIA.

A second letter, to manufactured housing stakeholders, from Pamela Beck Danner, Administrator of the Manufactured Housing Programs at HUD, addresses complying with Installation Standards when installing foundation systems in freezing climates. She writes there have been issues with current instructions, and until HUD can complete an assessment of the manuals, and issue definite guidelines, she offers three different options as “interim guidance” to maintain long-lasting stability: conventional footings below the frost line depth; Frost Free Foundations; and Frost Protected Shallow Foundations.

 MHARR responded with a letter to Ms. Danner accusing her of needlessly increasing regulatory compliance costs for MH businesses and consumers while lining the pockets of program contractors. MHARR says her actions also violate the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 which requires review by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC).

MHARR states for Frost Free Foundations Ms. Danner says to hire a soils engineer or geotechnical engineer to determine if the soil can be made non-frost susceptible, which would add to the expense of the home, about which HUD has said nothing.

Noting that “guidance” directives from HUD often evolve into mandates, circumventing procedural protections, again without the required input of the MHCC, MHARR says the memorandum also violates the primacy of state authority in the interpretation and construction of installation standards adopted pursuant to state law. Increasing the cost of MH makes it less competitive with other types of housing.

In regard to HUD’s unilateral hiring of SEBA to conduct reviews of installation manuals, MHARR asks what are the manuals being reviewed for, what are the qualifications of SEBA to conduct such a review, under what authority is that review being conducted, and what are the justifications for the review?.

MHARR’s insists that these actions run contrary to the 2000 Act and need to be considered by the MHCC as required by law. ##

Office of Manufactured Housing Programs issues New Dispute Resolution Program

April 13th, 2016 Comments off

pamela_beck_danner__google_imagesThe U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced updates to its dispute resolution program involving the purchase and installation of manufactured homes for the 23 states that do not already have a HUD-approved resolution process.

A new Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) website is designed to help manufacturers, retailers, installers and consumers navigate issues that might arise, as realestaterama tells MHProNews.

Pamela Beck Danner, Administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, said,They will help consumers and industry better understand the process and lead to an efficient and timely resolution of issues among all parties involved.”

The dispute resolution program provides a formula for repairing or correcting homeowner-reported defects within one year of the home’s installation, addressing construction, safety and installation issues, but not cosmetic or contractual problems.

Most requests for dispute resolutions come from homeowners, although retailers, manufacturers and installers can also ask for dispute resolution when disagreements arise between parties involving a manufactured home issue.

For MHProNews and MHLivingNews publishers L. A. “Tony” Kovach’ assessment of Ms. Danner’s time as HUD’s Administrator of Manufactured Housing Programs, please click here. ##

(Photo credit: Google Images–Pamela Beck Danner, administrator of HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs)

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Manufactured Housing Head, Pamela Beck Danner, to Speak at W.VA. Convention

March 12th, 2015 Comments off

pamela_beck_danner__google_imagesMHProNews has learned from Andy Gallagher, executive director of the West Virginia Housing Institute (WVHI), that prominent speakers will grace this year’s WVHI convention, June 22-24, to be held in Roanoke, WV at the Stonewall Resort.

Pamela Beck Danner, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) administrator for manufactured housing, considered an ally of the MH industry, will address the convention Wednesday morning, June 23. Says Kevin Wilfong, co-president of WVHI: “It has been a long time since HUD filled Danner’s position and we are expecting great things from her. She knows our industry and the problem we face so we see her as an ally.

She will be followed by John Deskins, director, Bureau of Business and Economic Reserach at West Virginia University, who will speak about economic conditions in WV.

Bob Bender, Chief Operating Officer for the Commodore Corporation, will then present an overall view of the manufactured home industry. Commodore has been building homes since 1952 and has operations in Indiana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

In other news, W.Va.’s Senator Joe Manchin is one of four co-sponsors of the U. S. Senate’s newest attempt to reform the Dodd-Frank Act to ease restriction’s on consumers’ ability to purchase manufactured homes; and W.Va.’s Rep. David McKinley was one of the first House of Representatives members to co-sponsor H. R. 650, the new version of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing now before the House. Both supported the legislation last year as well. ##

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HUD MH Head Announces new AO for the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

Pamela Danner, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing, released a letter announcing Home Innovation Research Labs, Inc. as the new Administrating Organization (AO) for the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). According to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), the new AO is the research and laboratory affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a trade group representing the site-built housing industry. MHProNews understands the previous AO was the National Fire Protection Association, which expressed an interest in installing smoke detectors in manufactured homes. ##

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Meeting set for Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

A teleconference meeting of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), which is open to the public, will be held June 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The number is 888 741 3106, Conference ID:54144750. As MHProNews understands this will be the first MHCC meeting led by the new administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Manufactured Housing Program, Pamela Beck Danner. The agenda tentatively includes an update on manufactured housing programs, minutes of the Oct. 2012 meeting, recommendations pending before the MHCC, and the review of items forwarded from HUD dealing with southern pine and ventilation of manufactured homes. ##

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Pamela Beck Danner to Head the Office of Manufactured Housing at HUD

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

MHProNews has been informed that officials at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and industry leaders are cheering the appointment of Pamela Beck Danner as the new Administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the 1980’s Ms. Danner served as counsel at HUD and then as Director of the Office of Manufactured Housing and Regulatory Functions. MHI President and CEO Richard “Dick” Jennison says, “Ms. Danner will come to the table with a full plate of issues. Running her own law firm for the past two decades, her extensive industry background, and her prior HUD experience will enable Pamela to juggle and prioritize all of the pending matters before HUD. The selection of an excellent candidate to fill this important role is a major accomplishment for MHI and our members.”

Nathan Smith, Chairman of MHI and principal in Kentucky-based SSK Communities, adds, “Being a past Administrator of the program makes Pamela well positioned to move us forward. Along with the rest of the industry, I welcome her back and look forward to working with her in the years to come.” Joe Stegmayer, Chairman and CEO of Cavco Industries of Phoenix, Arizona, and former MHI Chairman, says, “I’ve known Pamela for many years. She brings strong leadership skills and knowledge of the industry that is much needed at HUD right now.”

Ms. Danner is currently the principal in the law firm of Danner & Associates in McLean, Virginia, specializing in businesses, non-profit associations and estate planning. ##

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