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Agencies' Status During Government Shut Down

Mon, Oct 7, 2013

Columbia, Maryland

Most federal financial regulators are funded independently of the congressional appropriations process, and do not need to rely on Congress to pay their staff.

Here's a brief update on the shutdown status of various federal agencies that are important to credit unions:

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: open;
  • Federal Reserve: open;
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.: open. However, the FDIC's Office of the Inspector General is closed with 113 out of 121 employees furloughed;
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: open;
  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA): Partially open, and able to endorse new loans. The FHA in a recent release said it will endorse new loans under current multi-year appropriation authority in order to support the health and stability of the U.S. mortgage market. Because the agency is able to endorse loans, it said it does not expect the shutdown to significantly impact the housing market, as long as the shutdown is brief. "If the shutdown lasts and our commitment authority runs out, we do expect that potential homeowners will be impacted, as well as home sellers and the entire housing market. We could also see a decline in home sales during an extended shutdown period, reversing the trend toward a strengthening market that we've been experiencing," FHA said;
  • Federal Trade Commission: closed;
  • NCUA: open;
  • Small Business Administration: generally closed;
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service: generally closed;
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are open and able to process new loans.

Source: CUNA News Now