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Document

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.

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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.

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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.

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Find regulations pertaining to FHFA supervision at eCFR.

CONGRESSIONAL LETTERS


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FHFA Requests Input on Strategic Plan For Fiscal Years 2021-202428452<p>​<strong>​​​​​Washington, D.C.</strong> - The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is requesting input on its <em style="font-family&#58;&quot;source sans pro&quot;, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;font-weight&#58;400;">Strategic Plan&#58; Fiscal Years 2021-2024</em> (the Plan)<em style="font-family&#58;&quot;source sans pro&quot;, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;font-weight&#58;400;">, </em>which<em style="font-family&#58;&quot;source sans pro&quot;, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;font-weight&#58;400;"> </em>establishes new goals that are necessary for FHFA to fulfill its statutory duties, including responsibly ending the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). The Plan formalizes FHFA's, and its regulated entities', new direction by updating the Agency's mission, vision, and values, and by establishing three new strategic goals.</p><ol><li>Ensuring safe and sound regulated entities through world-class supervision;<br></li><li>Fostering competitive, liquid, efficient, and resilient (CLEAR) national housing finance markets; and</li><li>Positioning the Agency as a model of operational excellence by strengthening its workforce and infrastructure.</li></ol><p>&quot;The goals and milestones laid out in the Plan ensure that that FHFA's supervision is strong, well executed and fulfills all statutory requirements, including ending the conservatorships of the Enterprises responsibly,&quot; said Director Mark Calabria. </p><p>Input on the Plan is due by October 5, 2020 and should be submitted via <a href="/">www.FHFA.gov</a> [at&#160;<a href="/AboutUs/Contact/Pages/Request-for-Information-Form.aspx">https&#58;//www.fhfa.gov/AboutUs/Contact/Pages/Request-for-Information-Form.aspx</a>].<br></p><p><a href="/AboutUs/Reports/ReportDocuments/FHFA_StrategicPlan_9222020.pdf">Link to <em>FHFA's Strategic Plan&#58; Fiscal Years 2021-2024</em><br></a>​<br></p>9/22/2020 2:01:00 PMHome / Media / FHFA Requests Input on Strategic Plan For Fiscal Years 2021-2024 News Release https://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
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All the indexes are available on the FHFA website.<br></p><p>Tables and graphs showing home price statistics for metropolitan areas, states, census divisions,&#160;and the U.S. are included on the following pages.</p><p> <strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;source sans pro&quot;, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;">Note</strong></p><ul><li>The next monthly HPI report (including data through July 2020) will be released&#160;September 23, 2020 and the next quarterly HPI report (including data for the third quarter&#160;of 2020 and monthly data for September) will be released November 24, 2020.</li><li>FHFA HPI release dates for the remainder of 2020 and newly announced dates for 2021 are&#160;available at<a href="/HPI"> https&#58;//www.fhfa.gov/HPI</a>.</li><li>The FHFA HPI Calculator is a popular tool to compare price changes in different housing&#160;markets. 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