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Transparency & Accountability - Legal Matters

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The FDIC supports compliance with applicable laws and regulations, safe and sound operation of FDIC-insured depository institutions, resolution of financially troubled and insolvent institutions, the insurance of depository institutions, and FDIC-related litigation. This webpage provides information for certain legal activities undertaken by the FDIC. To serve criminal subpoenas on FDIC receiverships, email

For further information regarding any legal activities, please contact

Proposed Rules/Comments/Final Rules/RFIs from
FDIC Federal Register Citations
January 1, 2017 - November 30, 2019
Year Proposed
Comments Final
Requests for
2019 29 1271 25 3
2018 15 233 17 3
2017 5 447 6 0

For more information: Federal Register Citations.

FOIA Requests Received, Processed and Pending
Fiscal Year (FY) Period October 1 - September 30
Fiscal Year (FY) 1 Requests Pending as of the Start of FY Requests Received in the FY Requests Processed in the FY Requests Pending as of the End of FY
2018 22 2 423 431 14
2017 22 440 442 20

Statutory mandate: 20 days to process a FOIA request.
The average response time for all processed perfected simple requests was 9.95 days in 2018.
1 Fiscal Year (FY) covers October 1st of the prior year through September 30th of the year indicated on the respective row.
2 The number of requests pending as of the start of Fiscal Year 2018 was adjusted after a database review.
For more information: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Service Center.

Enforcement Decisions & Orders
January 1, 2017 - October 31, 2019
Timeframe Consent and Cease & Desist Orders Civil Money Penalties Removal and Prohibition Orders Orders for Restitution
2019 19 25 30 0
2018 17 23 50 5
2017 22 42 57 4

These are the most frequently issued types of formal enforcement actions. Every order issued or notice of charges filed can be found here: Enforcement Decisions and Orders

Additional information on prior years’ enforcement actions may be found in the FDIC's Annual Reports.

EGRRCPA (S. 2155) Rulemakings
Year Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) Interim Final Rule (IFR) Final Rule Pending
2018 7 2 2 2

For more information on the proposed and final rules and related documents for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: EGRRCPA (S. 2155) Rulemakings.

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Comment on Pending Rules

Comment or view comments on pending, completed, or final rules proposed by the FDIC via Federal Register Citations.

Laws & Regulations

Appeals of Assessment or Supervisory Determinations

Appeals process for insured depository institutions supervised by the FDIC to review material supervisory determinations and for FDIC depository institutions to review assessment determinations.

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FDIC Board Matters

Information on meetings held by the FDIC Board of Directors, including results of all open meetings.

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FDIC Law, Regulations & Related Acts

A compilation of banking-related material, including information from other agencies. Updated bimonthly.

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Enforcement Decisions & Orders

The formal actions against financial institutions that are regulated by the FDIC or against their affiliated parties, including final orders and notices of changes.

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Professional Liability Lawsuits

In its receivership capacity, the FDIC may sue professionals who caused losses to a failed financial institution.

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