As a follow-up to our March 3, 2011 Memorandum, set out below, for your review and information, are copies of the initial response of HUD's career program administrator, Teresa Payne (on behalf of HUD Assistant Secretary David Stevens) to MHARR's January 19, 2011 letter regarding the implementation of Executive Order 13563 (EO), "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review" and MHARR's March 4, 2011 reply to Ms. Payne. These letters are self-explanatory and confirm, once again, that HUD has no intention of changing the direction of this long-dysfunctional program.
Luckily, however, as also reported yesterday, MHARR's efforts have resulted in congressional oversight of the HUD manufactured housing program being included in the Oversight Plan of the House Financial Services Committee for the 112th Congress. Such oversight, which is one of four congressional fronts that MHARR is advancing regarding the HUD program pursuant to the plan adopted by the MHARR Board at its November 2010 meeting, together with the process established by the White House through the EO for review of unduly burdensome and costly regulations, will help to spotlight the ongoing mismanagement of the HUD program and offer potential avenues of relief for the industry and consumers of affordable housing.
Again, significant additional details relevant to these matters will be addressed at the upcoming MHARR meeting in Tunica, Mississippi.
cc: Other Interested HUD Code Manufacturers
Danny D. Ghorbani
Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 508
Washington, D.C. 20004