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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Supervisory Policy and Guidance Topics

Examiner Conflicts and Ethics

The Federal Reserve System maintains a policy that compels its employees, including examiners, to avoid any action that may result in an employee (or create the appearance that an employee) is:
  • using his or her Federal Reserve position for private gain,
  • giving preferential treatment to any person or institution,
  • losing independence or impartiality, or
  • making decisions outside of official channels.

Federal Reserve examiners are also subject to conflict-of-interest rules that are designed to ensure (1) both the objectivity and integrity of bank examinations and (2) that Federal Reserve examiners comply with criminal statutory prohibitions.

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Policy Letters

Examiner Conflicts and Ethics

SR 06-14 (Revised)
Revised Policy Governing Access to Confidential Supervisory Information
SR 05-26
Special Post-Employment Restriction Set Forth in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
SR 05-2
Amended Examiner Borrowing Rules
SR 01-25 (GEN)
Guidelines for Using External Experts on Examinations, Inspections, and Other Bank Supervision Matters
SR 99-16 (SUP)
Change to Investment Rules Affecting Supervision Staff
SR 95-6 (GEN)
Revised Policies Concerning Conflicts of Interest and Issuance of Examiner Credentials
SR 94-40 (FIS)
Citizenship Policy and Requirements For Federal Reserve Examiners
SR 94-16 (FIS)
Meals and Other Gifts Offered to Examiners and Assistant Examiners

Manual References

Last update: December 14, 2012