HUD Secretary Quits in the Midst of Investigation, Allegations

Washington, D.C.–U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson resigned on Monday amid a federal criminal investigation into how agency contracts were awarded, Bloomberg reports. “There comes a time when one must attend more diligently to personal and family matters,” Jackson told reporters in Washington, D.C.  “Now is such a time for me.” His resignation will be effective April 18.The Justice Department is investigating whether Jackson did or did not give federal housing contacts to his friends, Bloomberg reported Monday. Jackson–who was the Bush administration’s main advocate for legislation to use the Federal Housing Administration to refinance problematic borrowers–has been criticized for refusing to answer questions related to accusations he encouraged his staff to offer federal housing contracts to political associates.