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Key Legislation

 

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FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS

Federal Home Loan Bank Act

12 U.S.C. 1421 et seq.
(Public Law 72-304 (1932))

Established the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

GPO Text / PDF

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY CHARTER

Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992

12 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.
(Public Law 102-550 (1992))

Primary statutory authorization for FHFA’s regulation of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, including supervision of housing mission and goals and actions as conservator or receiver for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or any Federal Home Loan Bank.

Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008

(Public Law 110-289 (2008))

Amended the Safety and Soundness Act to create FHFA, place regulation of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Bank System under one regulator, enhance supervision of these regulated entities, and enhance FHFA's authorities as conservator or receiver. 

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FREDDIE MAC CHARTER

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act

12 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.
(Public Law 91-351 (1970))

Created Freddie Mac and provided authority for Freddie Mac’s activities.

GPO Text / PDF

FANNIE MAE CHARTER

Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act

12 U.S.C. 1716 et seq.
(Public Law 84-345,National Housing Act, Title III (1934), as amended by the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968)

Created Fannie Mae and provided authority for Fannie Mae’s activities. Amendment in 1968 created the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), supervised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

GPO Text / PDF

Find regulations pertaining to FHFA supervision at eCFR.

CONGRESSIONAL LETTERS


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