- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The federal government will not pay the ousted chief executives of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac up to $24 million in exit packages.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency notified former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd and former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron that such “golden parachute” payments will not be paid. The housing agency, which took control over the companies earlier this month, made the announcement on Sunday.

“It would have been unconscionable to award these inflated salaries, particularly when the leadership of Fannie and Freddie can hardly be given good grades,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.

Mr. Mudd had expected to receive up to $8.4 million in compensation, while Mr. Syron was due to receive up to $15.5 million, according to calculations by David Schmidt, a senior consultant at executive compensation consulting firm James F. Reda & Associates.

Representatives of both Mr. Syron and Mr. Mudd declined to comment Monday morning. Mr. Mudd received $12.2 million in compensation in 2007, and Mr. Syron was paid $19.8 million.

Herbert Allison was named the new chief executive of Fannie, and David Moffett the new CEO of Freddie as part of the government’s bailout of the two huge mortgage financing agencies. Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about $5 trillion of the nation’s outstanding mortgages, roughly half the nation’s total.

James Lockhart, the housing agency’s director, has said that compensation for the new executives will be “significantly lower than the outgoing CEOs.”


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