The White House has denied that there will be a change at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and maintains that rumors that Secretary Alfonso Jackson will be removed are "absolutely baseless."White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told reporters that "Alphonso has been reassured that he is going to remain the HUD secretary." Mortgage Wire reported earlier that Secretary Jackson would resign in the next few weeks. Despite the White House denial, industry sources indicate that Secretary Jackson plans to leave HUD by Christmas and that HUD Deputy Secretary Roy Bernardi is expected to become the acting secretary. In related developments, HUD General Counsel Keith Gottfried left the department Nov. 3 and Ginnie Mae President Robert Couch is filling in as HUD's chief legal officer.

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