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HUD Teleconference Bios of Participating HUD Officials

Special Event

ALTA to Hold RESPA Teleconference With HUD Officials—Free for Members
December 3, 2008
ALTA will host a teleconference on the new RESPA rule with staff from HUD on December 3, 2008 at 11 AM EST. Hear from the agency experts on how to operate under the new requirements, some of which will become effective on January 16, 2009. You will have the opportunity to submit your questions by email before the briefing or during the session. We recommend you submit early to ensure your question is addressed. You can send questions to This teleconference will be free for ALTA members. Non-members may participate at a cost of $175. To sign up for this event, please go to the RESPA Teleconference Registration page.

Ivy Jackson
Director of the Office of RESPA and Interstate Land Sales

Since 2001, Ms. Jackson has served as the Director of the Office of RESPA and Interstate Land Sales, the office responsible for administering the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.  Since 1991, she has provided program compliance guidance to industry and regulators, initiated numerous investigations and enforcement actions and participated in the major policy and rule making decisions.  A recent major initiative includes participating on the RESPA Team to draft the proposed rule. Other initiatives include the 1997 revision of the HUD settlement costs booklet and the 1998 Joint Report with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, which recommended changes to RESPA and TILA. Ms. Jackson is frequently asked speak to national and state associations and regulatory agencies on RESPA enforcement.  She was recognized for her contributions and leadership at HUD as a 2005 Honoree for National Women’s History Month.

Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Auburn University with a Masters of Science in Consumer Economics.

Laura Turner Gipe
Compliance Specialist

Laura joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of RESPA in 2006 as a Compliance Specialist investigating potential violations of RESPA.  Laura has been actively involved in development of the 2008 RESPA Rule, particularly page 3 of the HUD-1 Settlement Statement. She also coordinates Collaborative Enforcement between RESPA and state regulators.

For much of her career, Laura has worked in the private industry for a number of prominent attorneys and title companies in the Washington, D.C. area, gaining extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate settlement process management, systems design, auditing, reconciliation, training, processing, closing, and post-closing procedures necessary for a multi-jurisdictional area. She has been a licensed title producer since 1997 and has personally conducted thousands of settlements.

Barton Shapiro
Deputy Director, RESPA and Interstate Land Sales (8/07 - Present)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Attorney   (11/03 – 8/07)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of General Counsel, Office of Finance and Regulatory Compliance, GSE/RESPA Division

Attorney   (9/99 - 11/03)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Office of General Counsel, Office of Finance and Regulatory Compliance, Program Compliance Division

Attorney   (3/91 - 9/99)            

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of General Counsel, Office of Litigation

Attorney   (6/83 - 3/91) 

Law Office of Barton Shapiro, Washington, D.C.

Member, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars

J.D., 1982 The Catholic University of America,

Columbus School of Law,  M.A., 1979     The George Washington University,

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Major:  History (Modern Europe & Diplomacy)

B.B.A., 1977  The George Washington University School of Government and Business Administration
Major: Business Management and Economics

RESPA Resources
News on RESPA Reform
December 3, 2008 ALTA Hosts Webinar on New RESPA Rule
November 13, 2008 New Final RESPA Rule Significant Victory For Title Industry [PDF]
November 12, 2008 Government Unveils Mortgage Disclosure Rules
Washington Post | November 12, 2008
November 12, 2008 Statement From ALTA CEO Kurt Pfotenhauer on RESPA [PDF]
July 22, 2008 ALTA® Action Alert on RESPA Reform
June 12, 2008 RESPA Comment Period Closes Today
June 6, 2008 Statement by Kurt Pfotenhauer, CEO on HUD's Proposal to Amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act [PDF]
June 5, 2008 Only One Week Left to Comment on RESPA Rule
June 5, 2008 Housing Economist Criticizes HUD RESPA Economic Analysis
May 29, 2008 Only Two Weeks Left to File Comments on Proposed RESPA Rule
May 22, 2008 ALTA® Testifies Before the House Small Business Committee
May 1, 2008 ALTA® Action Alert - Submit Your Comments to HUD on Proposed RESPA Reform by May 13
April 22, 2008 ALTA® Members Participate in Teleconference With HUD on RESPA Reform
April 15, 2008 List of Concerns with Proposed RESPA Rule [PDF]
April 2, 2008 Make Your Views on RESPA Rule Known

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