Stephen Blumenthal, who ran the special examinations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, says he intends to resign and return to the private sector this fall."The confirmation of Jim Lockhart as OFHEO's director makes it possible for me to leave knowing that the agency is well led and will continue to accomplish its important mission," said Mr. Blumenthal, OFHEO's deputy director. As deputy director and acting director, he headed the special examination of Fannie that discovered fraudulent accounting, earnings manipulation, and corruption at the government-sponsored enterprise. He also conducted a special examination of Freddie Mac after an internal investigation by the GSE's board of directors uncovered an accounting scandal. Former OFHEO Director Armando Falcon hired Mr. Blumenthal from Schwab Capital Markets in 2002 to be his counsel. After Mr. Falcon stepped down in May 2005, he served as acting director until Mr. Lockhart was appointed in April.

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