The Mortgage Bankers Association of America has appointed Douglas G. Duncan to the position of staff vice president/chief economist. Duncan, who has been with the organization since 1992, replaced David Lereah, who is now the head of the MBA's new subsidiary, Lender Technologies Inc. Duncan will be responsible for providing economic and policy analyses for the MBA and its members.

To fend off attacks, Fannie Mae has hired the help of a former Senate Banking Committee chairman. Alfonse D'Amato is a partner at New York-based Park Strategies, the agency Fannie Mae hired to provide advice on attacks from various watchdog groups and Congress.

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