The White House is considering former investment banker James B. Lockhart III, deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration, to head the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, MortgageWire has learned.Mr. Lockhart has served as deputy commissioner of Social Security since January 2002. Washington sources said that former Treasury Department official Edward DeMarco, a one-time candidate for the OFHEO job, is no longer believed to in the running. "DeMarco still might play some role in regard to OFHEO," said one observer. Mr. Lockhart was co-founder and managing director of NetRisk, a risk management software firm, before joining SSA. During his career he was a senior vice president at National Re (1993-95) and a managing director at Smith Barney (1993-95).

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