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2003 Annual Report

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is the independent deposit insurance agency created by Congress in 1933 to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's banking system.

In its unique role as deposit insurer of banks and savings associations, and in cooperation with the other state and federal regulatory agencies, the FDIC promotes the safety and soundness of the U.S. financial system and the insured depository institutions by identifying, monitoring, and addressing risks to the deposit insurance funds.

The FDIC promotes public understanding and the development of sound public policy by providing timely and accurate financial and economic information and analyses. It minimizes disruptive effects from the failure of banks and savings associations. It assures fairness in the sale of financial products and the provision of financial services.

The FDIC's long and continuing tradition of excellence in public service is supported and sustained by a highly skilled and diverse workforce that continuously monitors and responds rapidly and successfully to changes in the financial environment.

The FDIC, an independent agency created by the Congress, contributes to stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions, and managing receiverships.

The FDIC is an organization dedicated to identifying, analyzing and addressing existing and emerging risks in order to promote stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system.

The FDIC has identified seven core values that guide corporate operations. The values reflect the ideals that the FDIC expects all of its employees to strive for as they accomplish the tasks needed to fulfill the mission.

  • Financial Stewardship
    The FDIC is committed to being a responsible fiduciary in its efforts to provide insured institutions the best value for their contributions to the insurance funds.

  • Effectiveness
    The FDIC's reputation rests on its professionalism, its adherence to the highest ethical standards, and its skilled and dedicated workforce.

  • Responsiveness
    The FDIC responds rapidly, innovatively, and effectively to risks to the financial system. It works effectively with other federal and state supervisors to achieve consistency in policy and regulation. It seeks and considers information from the Congress, the financial institution industry, individuals seeking and receiving financial services, and others outside the FDIC in the development of policy. The FDIC seeks to minimize regulatory burden while fulfilling its statutory responsibilities.

  • Teamwork
    The FDIC promotes and reinforces a corporate perspective and challenges its employees to work cooperatively across internal and external organizational boundaries.

  • Fairness
    The FDIC treats everyone fairly and equitably. It exercises its responsibilities with care and impartiality, promotes a work environment that is free of discrimination and values diversity, and adheres to equal opportunity standards.

  • Service
    The FDIC's long and continuing tradition of public service is supported and sustained by a highly skilled and diverse workforce that responds rapidly and successfully to change.

  • Integrity
    The FDIC performs its work with the highest integrity, requiring the agency to be, among other things, honest and fair. The FDIC can accommodate the honest difference of opinion; it cannot accommodate the compromise of principle. Integrity is measured in terms of what is right and just, standards to which the FDIC is committed.


Last Updated 02/18/2004 communications@fdic.gov