The Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly promoted Keith Pedigo and appointed his former deputy Judy Caden to be the new director of the VA home loan program.Mr. Pedigo served as director of the VA Loan Guarantee Service for 20 years, and he said in an interview that he appreciated the industry's support for his efforts to improve the VA loan program. In his new position as associate deputy under secretary for policy and program management, Mr. Pedigo is responsible for coordinating the activities of VA benefit programs, including the home loan program. Ms. Caden was deputy director of the home loan program until she left in 2000 to be the director of education benefits and later the director of vocational rehabilitation and employment services. "When the opportunity to return to loan guarantee came up, I grabbed it," she said.

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