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President Retaining HUD Inspector General

September 8, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush said Thursday he is keeping Paul A. Adams as inspector general of the scandal-plagued Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Adams has been HUD’s inspector general since 1985.

It was Adams’ report that led to the current congressional investigations of influence-peddling at HUD during the Reagan administration.

Over the years, Adams has written a number of reports warning of problems such as those that have recently come to light.

But some members of Congress have criticized him for not being aggressive enough in pushing department officials, including former HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr., into correcting the problems.

The White House announced Bush’s decision to keep Adams in the post without further comment.

In other personnel moves, the president also said he will nominate:

-Federal Trade Commissioner Margot E. Machol to serve on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mrs. Machol, 40, is a former Treasury Department official and White House economics aide appointed to the FTC last year.

-LaJuana Sue Wilcher as assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in charge of water programs. Ms. Wilcher, 34, is a lawyer and former EPA official.

-Duane Perry Andrews as assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications and intelligence. Andrews, 44, is a former Air Force officer who has served on the staff of the House select committee on intelligence since 1977.

-David Courtland O’Neal as assistant secretary of the interior for land and minerals management. O’Neal, 52, is a former Illinois lieutenant governor who has worked for the Interior Department since 1986, most recently as acting assistant secretary for mine safety and health.

The president also said he is keeping James R. Richards as inspector general of the Department of the Interior, and Carol C. Adelman as assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East at the Agency for International Development.

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