Obama Conference on Housing Finance, Serving Substance or Softballs?


Back in April 2010, the Treasury and HUD issued a myriad of questions for the public to comment on regarding the future of the housing finance system. They received over 300 responses from everyone from members of the public to specialized think tanks. Now they are taking action: On Tuesday morning, the Obama administration is staging the Conference on the Future of Housing Finance at the Treasury Department.

A reasonably diverse list of panelists covering multiple sectors -- including bankers, economists, investors, mortgage insurers, market researchers and (reportedly) consumer advocates -- will converge in a forum-like setting to "broaden our perspectives on a number of key issues in a transparent way to make certain that all of the best ideas are on the table," according to Jeffrey A. Goldstein, undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.

The conference will be moderated by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Panelists include: