Magazine article Mortgage Banking

Ginnie Mae's Couch Named HUD General Counsel

Magazine article Mortgage Banking

Ginnie Mae's Couch Named HUD General Counsel

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Nearly a year to the day after assuming the top spot at the Government National Mortgage Association, Ginnie Mae President Robert M. Couch officially became the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) new general counsel.

Couch--who was quietly sworn in by HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson on June 15--is now HUD's chief legal officer and senior legal counsel to Jackson, providing advice on all aspects of federal housing and development laws, regulations and policies.

"I am immensely honored to serve both this nation and this administration as HUD's chief legal officer," said Couch. "I hope to continue applying the highest ethical standards to the department's work and to serve this secretary as we improve the policies and programs that help so many families to discover their American dream. I'm excited about joining this department's mission to build better communities and to help people access decent and affordable housing."

Couch, a former MBA chairman, will lead a legal team of approximately 400 attorneys in Washington, D.C., 10 regional offices and 40 field offices around the country. He had been doing double-duty serving as both Ginnie Mae's president and HUD's acting general counsel for about six months prior to being sworn in officially as HUD's top lawyer. …

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