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FDIC Requests Information on Improving Communication With Banks and Other Stakeholders

October 1, 2018
Media contact:
Julianne Fisher Breitbeil
(202) 898-6895

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced that it is seeking comment on how the agency can maximize efficiency and minimize burden when communicating information to insured depository institutions, consumers, and others about laws, rules, and related matters. The request is part of Chairman Jelena McWilliams' initiative to enhance transparency and accountability at the agency by improving communication between the FDIC, the public, and the banking industry.

"Providing information to depositors, consumers, bankers, and other stakeholders is vital for them to better understand the agency's policies, procedures, and regulations. At times, the amount of information disseminated can create burdensome challenges for insured depository institutions, especially community banks. To that end, we are seeking input on how the FDIC can improve the way it communicates," said Chairman McWilliams.

The Request for Information includes, for example, a request for ways to improve the FDIC's process for disseminating information through Financial Institution Letters (FILs), which are about new regulations, policies, publications, and other matters of interest to banks or savings associations. Other topics the FDIC is seeking comments on include:

Comments on the Request for Information will be accepted for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.



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 banks and savings associations, 5,542 as of June 30, 2018. 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, by subscription electronically (go to and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-67-2018