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Government Accountability Office Reviews

Under the Federal Banking Agency Audit Act (Public Law 95-320), most Federal Reserve System operations are under the purview of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In 2008, the GAO completed seven reports on selected aspects of Federal Reserve operations (table). In addition, eight projects concerning the Federal Reserve were in various stages of completion at year-end (table). The Federal Reserve also provided information to the GAO during the year on numerous other GAO investigations, including eight other completed reviews and ten other ongoing reviews.

The reports are available directly from the GAO.

Reports Completed during 2008
Report Title Report number Month issued (2008)
Hedge Funds: Regulators and Market Participants Are Taking Steps to Strengthen Market Discipline, but Continued Attention Is Needed GAO-08-200 January
U.S. Coins: The Federal Reserve Banks Are Fulfilling Coin Demand, but Optimal Inventory Ranges Are Undefined GAO-08-401 March
Fair Lending: Race and Gender Data Are Limited for Nonmortgage Lending GAO-08-698 June
Information Security Controls at FRBs GAO-08-836R June
U.S. Patriot Act: Better Interagency Coordination and Implementing Guidance for Section 311 Could Improve U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Efforts GAO-08-1058 September
Risk-Based Capital: New Basel II Rules Reduced Certain Competitive Concerns, but Bank Regulators Should Address Remaining Uncertainties GAO-08-953 September
Check 21 Act: Most Consumers Have Accepted and Banks Are Progressing Toward Full Adoption of Check Truncation GAO-09-8 October
Projects Active at Year–End 2008
Subject of project Month initiated
Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) process September 2007
Inspector Generals' role in federal entities September 2007
Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance and enforcement October 2007
Review of federal enforcement of fair lending laws September 2008
Systemic risk determination October 2008
Risks and challenges presented by credit default swaps November 2008
Risk management oversight among federal financial regulators December 2008
Cybersecurity strategy December 2008

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