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Volume 2014 - Number 3

January 23, 2014

Obama Administration Pushing Congress for GSE Reform, FHFA Still Seen as Main Driver

Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury Department on housing-finance policy, said this week that legislation to reform the government-sponsored enterprises is a top priority for the Obama administration. However, industry analysts suggest that Congress is unlikely to pass such legislation anytime soon, leaving the Federal Housing Finance Agency as the driver of GSE reform. “Indefinitely continuing a taxpayer-backed duopoly is neither sustainable nor sensible public policy,” Stegman said this week at the ABS Vegas conference sponsored by the Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network. He pushed...

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