Our mission is to ensure the Housing Government-sponsored Enterprises operate in a safe and sound manner so they serve as a reliable source of liquidity and funding for housing finance and community investment. Together these institutions provide more than $5 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions.
Read about the agency’s 2014 examinations of Fannie Mac, Freddie Mac and the Home Loan Bank System.
Submit comments and provide input on FHFA Rules Open for Comment by clicking on Rulemaking and Federal Register.
Goal: Help restore confidence, enhance capacity to fulfill mission, and mitigate systemic risk that contributed directly to instability in financial markets.
MAINTAIN foreclosure prevention activities and credit availability, REDUCE taxpayer risk, and BUILD a new single-family securitization infrastructure. Read more in the 2016 Scorecard and Conservatorships Strategic Plan.
Plans and Reports
FHFA experts provide reliable data, including all states, about activity in the U.S. mortgage market through its House Price Index, Refinance Report, Foreclosure Prevention Report, and Performance Report.
Jan. 26 - Monthly
Feb. 25 - Quarterly
March 22 - Monthly
April 21 - Monthly
May 25 - Quarterly
June 22 - Monthly
July 21 - Monthly
Aug. 24 - Quarterly
September 22 - Monthly
October 25 - Monthly
Nov. 23 - Quarterly
Dec. 22 - Monthly
HARP - the Home Affordable Refinance Program was created by FHFA specifically to help homeowners current on their mortgage payments, but underwater on their mortgages.
FHFA economists and policy experts provide reliable research and policy analysis about critical topics impacting the nation’s housing finance sector. Meet the experts….
Key Topics pages provide information about FHFA's work on a range of issues facing the nation and highlight the most relevant related news releases, reports, statements and web pages on the respective topics.
The Honorable Melvin L. Watt of Charlotte, NC sworn in on January 6th to a 5-year term as the first Senate-confirmed Director of FHFA.
Read more about Director Watt
FHFA is responsible for ensuring that the Federal Home Loan Banks operate in a financially safe and sound fashion, remain adequately capitalized and able to raise funds in the capital markets, and operate in a manner consistent with their housing finance mission.
To carry out these statutory duties, FHFA has implemented a program of FHLBank supervision to conduct on-site annual examinations and off-site monitoring of the FHLBanks and the Office of Finance.
FHFA examines each FHLBank and the Office of Finance annually. We have designated a separate examiner-in-charge for each FHLBank and the Office of Finance who serves as the principal point of contact for the management of examination issues at the assigned FHLBank.
Annual examinations are conducted by an examiner-in-charge and a team of examiners plus financial analysts, economists, and accountants. In addition, our examiners visit the FHLBanks between examinations to follow up on examination findings and discuss emerging issues.
FHFA examiners collaborate with FHFA analysts, modelers, economists, accountants, and attorneys in carrying out the supervision of the FHLBanks.
Our off-site monitoring program includes reviews of monthly and quarterly financial reports and information submitted to FHFA, FHLBank board and committee minutes, data on FHLBank investments, and financial statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
We also monitor debt issuance activities of the Office of Finance and track financial market trends. We review FHLBank documents, such as the board of directors’ compensation packages for each FHLBank, and analyze responses to a wide array of periodic and ad hoc information and data requests, including an annual survey of FHLBank collateral and collateral management practices, data on collateral securing advances made to individual insurance company members, unsecured credit data, liquidity, and periodic data on the FHLBanks' holdings of private-label MBS.
Section 20 of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (12 USC 1440) requires each Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) to be examined at least annually.
Learn more about how FHFA conducts its examinations by reading our Examination Manual and our Housing Finance Commission Program.
FHFA examiners carry out a risk-based safety and soundness supervision program that assesses the FHLBanks’ condition and performance, governance, credit risk, market risk, and operational risk. These interdependent assessments provide FHFA with the basis for assigning a composite examination rating. The Division of FHLBank Regulation provides oversight and ensures coordination among all mission-critical examination and monitoring functions. These functions include programs for safety and soundness examinations, Affordable Housing Program (AHP) examinations, examination and supervisory policy and program development, FHLBank analysis, risk modeling, risk monitoring and information management, and risk analysis and research. Each of these programs contributes to a comprehensive assessment of the safety and soundness and the AHP effectiveness of the FHLBanks.
FHFA examiners use a risk-based approach to supervision. Risk-based supervision is designed to
identify existing and potential risks that could adversely affect a regulated entity,
evaluate the overall integrity and effectiveness of each regulated entity’s risk management systems and controls, and
determine compliance with laws and regulations applicable to the regulated entity.
Examiners communicate all findings to management and any matters requiring attention to the FHLBank’s board of directors and management. In addition, examiners obtain a commitment from the board and management to correct significant deficiencies in a timely manner and then verify the effectiveness of corrective actions. FHFA’s examination ratings system is known as CAMELSO.
Historical Information: 2008 and Before
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