Brian D. Montgomery
|Brian D. Montgomery|
|Acting United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development|
January 20, 2009 – January 26, 2009
|Preceded by||Steve Preston|
|Succeeded by||Shaun Donovan|
Brian D. Montgomery is the former Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, within the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was confirmed to the position in February 2005, and resigned in July 2009. He is now a partner at the Collingwood Group, LLC, a business consulting firm.
Education and career 
From January 2001 until January 2003, Brian Montgomery served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance, and from January 2003 to April 2005, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. While serving in the White House, Brian Montgomery contributed to the policy process on a wide range of issues including the Administration's efforts to boost homeownership, increase access to affordable housing, and to reform both the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the government sponsored enterprises.
Following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in February 2003, Mr. Montgomery headed up a White House working group to monitor all facets of the accident investigation. This ultimately led to the process that developed the President's vision for space exploration. For this effort, Mr. Montgomery was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in June 2004.
Federal Housing Commissioner 
One of Brian Montgomery's primary initiatives since becoming Federal Housing Commissioner has been the creation and promotion of a bill designed to modernize the Federal Housing Administration. The Modernization Bill, which passed the House of Representatives in July 2006, is primarily focused on increasing borrower flexibility through both policy and programmatic changes. Included among them are increased loan limits, updated down payment assistance options, and a risk-based premium structure. The goal of the Modernization Bill was to provide low and moderate-income borrowers a safe homeownership option at a fair price.
Another one of Assistant Secretary Montgomery's priorities while at the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing, achieved primarily through mortgage insurance as well as flexible refinancing options. During Assistant Secretary Montgomery's tenure, HUD went to great lengths to get legislation passed in the House of Representatives that would preserve more than 900 apartment complexes, allowing for 87,000 additional units of affordable housing.
Brian Montgomery's time at the Department of Housing and Urban Development has also been marked by extensive work with Hurricane Katrina disaster victims. He chaired the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Hurricane Recovery and Response Center at Headquarters and helped coordinate and secure temporary and long-term housing for displaced persons.
During Brian Montgomery's tenure as Federal Housing Commissioner, the Department of Housing and Urban Development also launched a campaign meant to educate African-Americans looking to buy their first homes. He was interviewed by National Public Radio on the subject.
Secretary Montgomery is the 2008 recipient of the Robert J. Corletta Award for Achievement in Affordable Housing. The Corletta Award, presented annually by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NDC), pays tribute to individuals who have shown extraordinary creativity and dedication to the cause of affordable housing.
In bestowing the award to the Commissioner, the housing groups cited in particular his efforts to keep FHA programs viable for the production and rehabilitation of rental apartments that low and moderate income households can afford.
"Given the current difficulties in the mortgage markets, FHA programs are more important than ever, and Brian has played a critical role in ensuring that these programs support the creation of affordable housing for America's working families," said Bob Nielsen, NAHB vice president/secretary and a home builder from Reno, Nev. Nielsen presented the award to the commissioner during NAHB's Spring Board of Directors' Meeting held here last week.
Nielsen noted that the Commissioner listened to the concerns of NAHB and other industry groups when the Administration last year proposed increasing the mortgage insurance premiums on certain FHA programs—Sec. 221(d)(4) and others—by as much as 16 basis points. After reviewing NAHB's economic data and analysis showing the tremendous effects such a dramatic increase would have on the renters in those programs—overwhelmingly those with incomes at 60 to 80 percent of an area's median—the Commissioner supported holding the line on those premiums. In January, HUD announced that it would not implement the increase.
"Brian Montgomery's support on this critical issue is right in line with the legacy of Bob Corletta, who believed that all citizens, whatever their financial circumstances, deserve a home that is affordable, safe, and desirable," said David P. Cole, Chief Operating Officer of NDC.
Given jointly by NAHB and NDC, the award is named in honor of Robert J. Corletta, long-time executive director of multifamily operations at NAHB before his death in 1998. Corletta was recognized by his peers as a visionary in the affordable housing industry, particularly for his efforts supporting congressional passage of the Community Reinvestment Act.
Acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
When Steve Preston, the fourteenth United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, left office on January 20, 2009, with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, Montgomery assumed the acting position of secretary until Obama appointee Shaun Donovan was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22; he was sworn in on January 26.
- "HUD - The Honorable Brian D. Montgomery Assistant Secretary For Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner". Archived from the original on September 22, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2007.
- "Turning African-American Renters into Buyers". Retrieved September 27, 2007.
- Staff reporter (2009-01-21). "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation". FOX News. Retrieved 2009-01-30. "New York City housing department chief Shaun Donovan's wait for confirmation as Housing and Urban Development secretary puts Federal Housing Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery in charge at HUD. Montgomery joined the agency in 2005 after serving in the White House under the Bush administration." (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5gNqDuN4N)
- Roth, Bennett and Demirjian, Karoun (2009-01-22). "Senate Confirms Donovan as HUD Secretary". CQ. Retrieved 2009-01-30.[dead link]
- Staff (2009-01-29). "Shaun Donovan Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development". Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved 2009-01-30. "On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development."
|United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development