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                      Today's FOCUS at HUD
                  Wednesday, December 17, 1997

Four top HUD officials were confirmed recently by the U.S. Senate
and are now in their new positions.  They are: Chief Financial
Officer Richard F. Keevey; General Counsel Gail W. Laster;
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Eva M.
Plaza; and Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and
Development Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.

     Secretary Cuomo said the four "will strengthen HUD and
     help this Department improve its performance and better
     serve the American people."

     As Chief Financial Officer, Keevey manages HUD's
     financial resources, develops HUD's annual budget, and
     is responsible for financial statements and internal
     controls.  He will oversee the establishment of HUD's
     electronic financial management system.  Keevey came to
     HUD from the Department of Defense, where he served as
     the Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting
     Service and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
     Financial Management.  He received his undergraduate
     degree from La Salle College and a graduate degree from
     the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

     As General Counsel, Laster serves as Secretary Cuomo's
     principal legal advisor.  She served as Director of
     Governmental Relations for the Legal Services
     Corporation in Washington before coming to HUD, and was
     earlier Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. 
     Laster is a graduate of Yale University and the New
     York University School of Law.  

     As Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal
     Opportunity, Plaza is responsible for enforcement,
     education, and outreach involving Fair Housing and
     Equal Opportunity laws.  Previously, she was a Deputy
     Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, Torts
     Branch of the Department of Justice.  Plaza, who was
     raised in public housing in El Paso, TX, received her
     undergraduate degree at Harvard University and a law
     degree at the University of California, Berkeley. 

     As Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and
     Development, Ramirez oversees HUD programs for
     community development, homeless assistance and economic
     development.  He served as mayor of Laredo, TX, for
     eight years before coming to HUD.  Ramirez also served
     on the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Board of Trustees and
     co-chaired the Conference's Task Force on Immigration.