The FDIC administers the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) and the FSLIC Resolution Fund (FRF), which fulfills the obligations of the former Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) and the former Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). (See the accompanying tables on FDIC-DIF Insured Deposits and DIF Insurance Fund Reserve Ratios.)
For the year 2006, DIFs comprehensive income totaled $1.6 billion compared to $1.1 billion in 2005, a year-over-year increase of 44 percent. Excluding the recognition of exit fees earned of $345 million (a one-time adjustment), comprehensive income rose by $133 million from a year ago. This year-over-year increase is primarily due to a decrease in the unrealized loss on available-for-sale (AFS) securities of $348 million, which was offset by decreases in both interest earned on U.S. Treasury obligations of $101 million and the negative provision for loss of $108 million.
The significantly lower unrealized loss on AFS securities primarily resulted from: 1) a smaller total market value of AFS securities, 2) a lower average duration for the AFS securities, and 3) a smaller increase in the market yields of the AFS securities. However, the lower unrealized loss was partially offset by a decrease in interest revenue on U.S. Treasury obligations that resulted from lower inflation compensation on Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.
The FDIC has had an exceptional record of controlling operating costs over the past five years, and 2006 was no exception. Corporate Operating Budget expenses totaled $973 million in 2006, including $961 million for ongoing operations and $12 million for receivership funding. During the five-year period from 2002 through 2006, the FDICs annual Corporate Operating Budget expenses declined from $1,189 million to $973 million, a reduction of $216 million, or 18 percent, despite the effects of inflation on the FDICs costs. That reduction was primarily attributable to significant reductions in staffing as well as a steady reduction in resolutions and receivership activities resulting from the historically low number of bank failures.
Cost Reductions Realized through Staff Reductions
The FDIC has engaged in a continuing effort to realign staffing to reflect reduced workload requirements as it has moved past the banking and thrift crisis. Total FDIC staffing fell from 6,167 at the beginning of 2002 to 4,476 at year-end 2006, a 27 percent reduction over five years. As a result, spending for salaries and benefits decreased by 15 percent, from $737 million in 2002 to $626 million in 2006, despite an increase of 17.7 percent in the salaries of individual employees during this period.
The FDIC relies primarily upon interest earned on the investments of the insurance and resolution funds for its operations. It is notable that the Corporation has reduced its operational spending even as the interest earned on the funds has increased significantly. As a result, the FDICs annual spending has dramatically declined as a percentage of interest revenue on the DIF and the FRF. The aggregate interest revenue of the DIF and FRF grew to $2,392 million in 2006, while combined operating and investment budget spending fell to 42 percent of interest revenue, down from 52 percent in 2002.
Although its staffing realignment was essentially completed in 2006, the FDIC will continue to emphasize control of spending in 2007 and future years. In December 2006, the Board of Directors approved a 2007 Corporate Operating Budget of approximately $1.107 billion, including $1.032 billion for ongoing operations. The approved 2007 budget is 4.6 percent higher than the 2006 Corporate Operating Budget. This limited budget increase was required for negotiated employee pay increases and included funding for a number of major new initiatives, including additional staff for compliance examinations and other supervision functions, as well as increased funding for employee training, enhanced IT security and privacy programs, and completion of system changes required to support the implementation of deposit insurance reform.
The FDIC instituted a separate Investment Budget in 2003. It has a disciplined process for reviewing proposed new investment projects and managing the construction and implementation of approved projects. Most of the projects in the current investment portfolio are major IT system initiatives. Proposed IT projects are carefully reviewed to ensure that they are consistent with the Corporations enterprise architecture. The project approval and monitoring processes also enable the FDIC to be aware of risks to the major capital investment projects and facilitate appropriate, timely intervention to address these risks throughout the development process. An investment portfolio performance review is provided to the FDICs Board of Directors quarterly.
The Corporation undertook significant capital investments during the 2003-2006 period, including construction of a major expansion of its Virginia Square facility and the implementation of 11 major new IT systems. Investment spending totaled $222 million during this period, peaking at $108 million in 2004. Spending for investment projects in 2006 totaled approximately $25 million. During 2006, the Corporation completed both the New Financial Environment (NFE) and Virginia Square Phase II investment projects.