WASHINGTON An Office of Management and Budget official familiar with housing issues is expected to succeed Terrence Duvemay as deputy housing secretary, housing lobbyists said yesterday.
The official, Christopher Edley, has been the budget office's associate director for economics and government since May 1993, and as such has been involved in shaping Housing and Urban Development Department budget requests.
Although lobbyists said Edley is the likely choice. a HUD spokesman said no announcement has been made about Duvernay's successor. Similarly, an OMB spokesman said, "It's no secret that there's been plenty of talk and speculation. but them isn't anything official to report."
Edley would be "a great appointment. He knows what he's doing" in the housing and community development area, said John T. McEvoy, the executive director of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.
McEvoy said that Edley was an urban affairs adviser to Prsident Clinton during
the 1992 campaign, and he was also involved in the transition process at HUD when the Clinton Administration took over from President Bush early last year,
According to OMB documents. Edley was on the White House domestic policy staff during the Carlet Administration and was als0 national issues director for Michael Dukakis his failed bid for the presidency in 1988.
Earlier this month, Duvernay announced he was resigning effective Sept. 15 to become a director with CS First Boston. Duvernay was popular with the housing community because he had headed the Georgia and Michigan housing authorities and he is a former president of the National Council of Housing Agencies.