42 U.S. Code § 3533 - Officers of Department
(a) Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, and General Counsel
(1) There shall be in the Department a Deputy Secretary, 7 Assistant Secretaries, and a General Counsel, who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall perform such functions, powers, and duties as the Secretary shall prescribe from time to time.
(b) Federal Housing Commissioner
There shall be in the Department a Federal Housing Commissioner, who shall be one of the Assistant Secretaries, who shall head a Federal Housing Administration within the Department, who shall have such duties and powers as may be prescribed by the Secretary, and who shall administer, under the supervision and direction of the Secretary, departmental programs relating to the private mortgage market. The Secretary shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that managers of Federal Housing Administration programs, at each level of the Department, shall be accountable for program operation, risk management, management of cash and other Federal assets, and program financing related to activities over which such managers have responsibility.
(c) Director of Urban Program Coordination; designation; powers and duties; studies of urban and community problems and recommendations for administration of Federal programs affecting such problems
There shall be in the Department a Director of Urban Program Coordination, who shall be designated by the Secretary. He shall assist the Secretary in carrying out his responsibilities to the President with respect to achieving maximum coordination of the programs of the various departments and agencies of the Government which have a major impact on community development. In providing such assistance, the Director shall make such studies of urban and community problems as the Secretary shall request, and shall develop recommendations relating to the administration of Federal programs affecting such problems, particularly with respect to achieving effective cooperation among the Federal, State, and local agencies concerned. Subject to the direction of the Secretary, the Director shall, in carrying out his responsibilities,
(2) consult with State, local, and regional officials, and consider their recommendations with respect to such programs.
(d) Assistant to Secretary; designation; duty to provide information and advice to nonprofit project sponsors
There shall be in the Department an Assistant to the Secretary, designated by the Secretary, who shall be responsible for providing information and advice to nonprofit organizations desiring to sponsor housing projects assisted under programs administered by the Department.
(e) Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs; report to Congress
(A) There shall be in the Department a Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs, who shall be located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. The Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs shall be designated by the Secretary not later than 60 days after October 12, 1977.
(B) The Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs shall be appointed based solely on merit and shall be covered under the provisions of title 5 governing appointments in the competitive service.
(C) The Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs shall be responsible for—
(i) administering, in coordination with the relevant office in the Department, the provision of housing assistance to Indian tribes or Indian housing authorities under each program of the Department that provides for such assistance;
(ii) administering the community development block grant program for Indian tribes under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 [42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.] and the provision of assistance to Indian tribes under such Act;
(iii) directing, coordinating, and assisting in managing any regional offices of the Department that administer Indian programs to the extent of such programs; and
(D) The Secretary shall include in the annual report under section 3536 of this title a description of the extent of the housing needs for Indian families and community development needs of Indian tribes in the United States and the activities of the Department, and extent of such activities, in meeting such needs.
(2) The Secretary shall, not later than December 1 of each year, submit to Congress an annual report which shall include—
(A) a description of his actions during the current year and a projection of his activities during the succeeding years;
(f) Federal Housing Administration Comptroller
There shall be in the Department a Federal Housing Administration Comptroller, designated by the Secretary, who shall be responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the Federal Housing Administration.
(g) Office of Housing Counseling
There is established the position of Director of Housing Counseling. The Director shall be the head of the Office of Housing Counseling and shall be appointed by, and shall report to, the Secretary. Such position shall be a career-reserved position in the Senior Executive Service.
(A) In general
The Director shall have primary responsibility within the Department for all activities and matters relating to homeownership counseling and rental housing counseling, including—
(i) research, grant administration, public outreach, and policy development relating to such counseling; and
(ii) establishment, coordination, and administration of all regulations, requirements, standards, and performance measures under programs and laws administered by the Department that relate to housing counseling, homeownership counseling (including maintenance of homes), mortgage-related counseling (including home equity conversion mortgages and credit protection options to avoid foreclosure), and rental housing counseling, including the requirements, standards, and performance measures relating to housing counseling.
(B) Specific functions
The Director shall carry out the functions assigned to the Director and the Office under this section and any other provisions of law. Such functions shall include establishing rules necessary for—
(ii) carrying out all other functions of the Secretary under section 1701x (g) of title 12, including the establishment, operation, and publication of the availability of the toll-free telephone number under paragraph (2) of such section;
(iii) contributing to the distribution of home buying information booklets pursuant to section 2604 of title 12;
(v) carrying out the assistance program under section 1701x (a)(4) of title 12, including criteria for selection of applications to receive assistance;
(vi) carrying out any functions regarding abusive, deceptive, or unscrupulous lending practices relating to residential mortgage loans that the Secretary considers appropriate, which shall include conducting the study under section 6  of the Expand and Preserve Home Ownership Through Counseling Act;
(vii) providing for operation of the advisory committee established under paragraph (4) of this subsection;
(viii) collaborating with community-based organizations with expertise in the field of housing counseling; and
(4) Advisory committee
(A) In general
The Secretary shall appoint an advisory committee to provide advice regarding the carrying out of the functions of the Director.
Such advisory committee shall consist of not more than 12 individuals, and the membership of the committee shall equally represent the mortgage and real estate industry, including consumers and housing counseling agencies certified by the Secretary.
Except as provided in subparagraph (D), each member of the advisory committee shall be appointed for a term of 3 years. Members may be reappointed at the discretion of the Secretary.
(D) Terms of initial appointees
As designated by the Secretary at the time of appointment, of the members first appointed to the advisory committee, 4 shall be appointed for a term of 1 year and 4 shall be appointed for a term of 2 years.
(E) Prohibition of pay; travel expenses
(5) Scope of homeownership counseling
In carrying out the responsibilities of the Director, the Director shall ensure that homeownership counseling provided by, in connection with, or pursuant to any function, activity, or program of the Department addresses the entire process of homeownership, including the decision to purchase a home, the selection and purchase of a home, issues arising during or affecting the period of ownership of a home (including refinancing, default and foreclosure, and other financial decisions), and the sale or other disposition of a home.
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Pub. L. 89–174, § 4,Sept. 9, 1965, 79 Stat. 668; Pub. L. 90–83, § 10(b),Sept. 11, 1967, 81 Stat. 223; Pub. L. 90–284, title VIII, § 808(b)(1),Apr. 11, 1968, 82 Stat. 84; Pub. L. 90–448, title XVII, § 1708(a),Aug. 1, 1968, 82 Stat. 606; Pub. L. 91–609, title IX, § 917,Dec. 31, 1970, 84 Stat. 1816; Pub. L. 93–383, title VIII, § 818(a),Aug. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 740; Pub. L. 95–128, title IX, § 901,Oct. 12, 1977, 91 Stat. 1148; Pub. L. 101–235, title I, §§ 121, 122, 140,Dec. 15, 1989, 103 Stat. 2021, 2030; Pub. L. 101–509, title V, § 529 [title I, § 112(a)(4)], Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat.1427, 1454; Pub. L. 101–576, title II, § 205(c)(2),Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2845; Pub. L. 102–550, title IX, § 902(a)(1),Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 3866; Pub. L. 111–203, title XIV, § 1442,July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 2163; Pub. L. 112–166, § 2(g),Aug. 10, 2012, 126 Stat. 1285.)
References in Text
The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, referred to in subsec. (e)(1)(C)(ii), is Pub. L. 93–383, Aug. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 633. Title I of the Act is classified principally to chapter 69 (§ 5301 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 5301 of this title and Tables.
Section 6 of the Expand and Preserve Home Ownership Through Counseling Act, referred to in subsec. (g)(3)(B)(vi), probably means section 1446 of subtitle D of title XIV of Pub. L. 111–203, July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 2172, which is not classified to the Code.
Section was formerly classified to section 624b of former Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees, prior to the general revision and enactment of Title 5, Government Organization and Employee, by Pub. L. 89–554, § 1,Sept. 1, 1966, 80 Stat. 378.
2012—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–166designated existing provisions as par. (1), substituted “7” for “eight” in par. (1), and added par. (2).
2010—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–203added subsec. (g).
1992—Subsec. (e)(1). Pub. L. 102–550designated existing provisions as subpar. (A), substituted “located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing” for “responsible for coordinating all programs of the Department relating to Indian and Alaska Native housing and community development”, and added subpars. (B) through (D).
1990—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–509substituted “a Deputy Secretary” for “an Under Secretary”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–576struck out subsec. (e), added by section 121 ofPub. L. 101–235, which related to Chief Financial Officer.
1989—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–235, § 140(2), designated second sentence of subsec. (a), relating to appointment, function, and duties of Federal Housing Commissioner, as (b).
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 101–235, § 140, designated second sentence of subsec. (a), relating to appointment, function, and duties of Federal Housing Commissioner, as subsec. (b) and sentence at end requiring Secretary to ensure that managers are accountable for certain aspects of the programs. Former subsec. (b) redesignated (c).
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 101–235, § 140(1), redesignatedsubsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d), respectively. Former subsec. (d) redesignated (e).
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–235, § 140(1), redesignated former subsec. (d), relating to Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs, as (e).
Pub. L. 101–235, § 121, added subsec. (e) relating to Chief Financial Officer.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 101–235, § 122, added subsec. (f).
1977—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 95–128added subsec. (d).
1974—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 93–383, § 818(a)(1), increased number of Assistant Secretaries from six to eight.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 93–383, § 818(a)(2), (3), redesignated former subsec. (c) as (b). Former subsec. (b), which related to appointment and functions of an Assistant Secretary for Administration, was struck out.
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 93–383, § 818(a)(3), redesignatedsubsec. (d) as (c). Former subsec. (c) redesignated (b).
1970—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 91–609added subsec. (d).
1968—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 90–448increased number of Assistant Secretaries from five to six.
Pub. L. 90–284increased number of Assistant Secretaries from four to five.
1967—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 90–83struck out provision setting compensation for the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, and General Counsel.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 90–83struck out provision covering the compensation to be paid the Assistant Secretary for Administration.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 112–166effective 60 days after Aug. 10, 2012, and applicable to appointments made on and after that effective date, including any nomination pending in the Senate on that date, see section 6(a) ofPub. L. 112–166, set out as a note under section 113 of Title 6, Domestic Security.
Effective Date of 2010 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 111–203effective on the date on which final regulations implementing that amendment take effect, or on the date that is 18 months after the designated transfer date if such regulations have not been issued by that date, see section 1400(c) ofPub. L. 111–203, set out as a note under section 1601 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade.
Effective Date of 1990 Amendment; Continued Service by Incumbents
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–509effective on first day of first pay period that begins on or after Nov. 5, 1990, with continued service by incumbent Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, see section 529 [title I, § 112(e)(1), (2)(D)] of Pub. L. 101–509, set out as a note under section 3404 of Title 20, Education.
Effective Date; Interim Appointments
Nomination and appointment of Under Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, General Counsel, Federal Housing Commissioner, and Assistant Secretary for Administration of Department of Housing and Urban Development any time after Sept. 9, 1965, and interim designation and compensation of officers of Housing and Home Finance Agency for those offices upon non-entry upon the offices upon expiration of first period of sixty calendar days following Sept. 9, 1965 or on earlier date specified by Executive order, see section 11 ofPub. L. 89–174, set out as a note under section 3531 of this title.
Transfer of Functions
Section 902(a)(2), (3) ofPub. L. 102–550provided that:
“(2) Transfer of functions.—Not later than the expiration of the 180-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 28, 1992], the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall transfer to the Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs any functions and duties described in section 4(e)(1)(B) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act [42 U.S.C. 3533 (e)(1)(B)] (as added by paragraph (1) of this subsection).
“(3) Staff.—Not later than the expiration of the 1-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall transfer from offices within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the office of the Special Assistant for Indian and Alaska Native Programs such staff, having experience and capacity to administer Indian housing and community development programs, as may be necessary and appropriate to assist the Special Assistant in carrying out the responsibilities under section 4(e)(1)(B) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (as added by paragraph (1) of this subsection).”
Office of Inspector General
Functions, powers, and duties of Office of Inspector General in Department of Housing and Urban Development transferred to Office of Inspector General in Department of Housing and Urban Development, as established by Pub. L. 95–452, § 2,Oct. 12, 1978, 92 Stat. 1101, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. See section 9(a)(1)(G) ofPub. L. 95–452, set out in Appendix to Title 5.