In a memo dated 12.21.2017, Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) addressed his trade association’s board of directors, and copied their Technical Review Group and state affiliates.
That memo was obtained by the Daily Business News, and reads as follows.
DECEMBER 21, 2017
TO: MHARR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FROM: MARK WEISS
RE: REASSIGNMENT OF MH PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
As a follow-up to our report on the above matter at the November 10, 2017 MHARR Board of Directors meeting and our memorandum to the Board on December 13, 2017, as well as numerous calls to MHARR’s offices, we can now report that Pamela B. Danner (installed as manufactured housing program administrator in 2014 on a career basis in violation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000), has been “detailed to the HUD Office of Single-Family Housing for 120 days.” In the interim, Teresa B. Payne, currently manufactured housing program Deputy Administrator, “will serve as Acting Administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs.” In addition to the foregoing, it has also been reported (although not yet confirmed through official HUD sources), that former MHI Vice President Lois Starkey, hired as a “Management Analyst” by the HUD program after she left MHI earlier this year, has been terminated from her employment at HUD.
MHARR will now focus its full attention on pressing HUD to fully comply with the mandate of the 2000 reform law for an appointed manufactured housing program administrator, and will follow-up accordingly.
As a reminder, MHARR’s choice for this appointed position – as was previously agreed with MHI in January 2013 — continues to be Mr. Victor DeRose.
We shall keep you apprised of any new developments on this matter.
cc: MHARR Technical Review Group
MHARR State Affiliates
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As was previously reported earlier this week on MHProNews, HUD-connected and other sources stated a similar set of statements to us, as MHARR’s separate memo summarized.
The MHARR statement above reflects a solid executive summary of these recently reported events. MHProNews previously-published, in-depth report and analysis – with its own executive summary – on what our sources said concerning this topic are linked above.
A sampling of other industry commentary related to HUD, Danner, and Starkey are found from the links below.
I have been a vocal critic of HUD’s Alternative Construction (AC) approval for carport-ready homes. I don’t believe an AC approval for homes built with a host beam is warranted or that the AC approval process is the proper regulatory procedure. I communicated my concerns to Pamela Danner, Administrator of the federal manufactured housing program in a face-to-face meeting.
The most recent Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) memo makes no mention of this development.
Tony, I’ve been meaning to take a moment for a couple of weeks now, to send you this message. I apologize for mixing subjects, but – in the end – I believe you’ll find that all these topics relate to one another.
This is not yet a ‘done deal,’ as the reported reassignment of Danner is for 120 days.
First, the readers digest version, then the details. Last week, the WVHI sent out their newsletter with a column apparently written by their co-president, George Gunnell. Gunnell is an RVP for Clayton Homes. That article and others in the same newsletter indicated that MHI wanted Pam Danner ousted from her role at HUD.
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