WASHINGTON - President Clinton on Thursday named Franz S. Leichter to the Federal Housing Finance Board under a recess appointment.

The administration had nominated Mr. Leichter, a New York attorney and former state senator, to the board in June 1999. He had yet to be confirmed by the Senate, so with lawmakers out of town on summer recess, the President used his power to make a temporary appointment without congressional approval. Mr. Leichter may only serve until the end of 2001, unless confirmed by the Senate.

Also awaiting confirmation to the five-member board are Douglas Miller, currently counsel to the board, and Allan Mendelowitz, executive director of the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission. Board member J. Timothy O'Neill's term has expired. He is continuing to serve until he is reconfirmed.

A finance board spokesman said he does not expect any more recess appointments but expressed hope that the Senate would confirm the nominees this fall.

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