The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a participant in the government-wide Identity Theft Task Force, will provide a direct link to the new, centralized government Web site on identity theft.
The new site, www.idtheft.gov, was launched today. Initially, the site will provide the Task Force's Strategic Plan. The Plan, which represents the input of 17 Federal agencies, including the FDIC, sets out recommendations to prevent identity theft, to assist identity theft victims in recovering from those crimes, and to prosecute and punish identity theft-related criminals. The Plan will be made public today. The taskforce was created on May 10, 2006, by Executive Order to strengthen Federal efforts to protect against identity theft.
Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 8,681banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.
FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-33-2007