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Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

FHFA is responsible for ensuring that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac operate in a safe and sound manner. This is done through prudential supervision and regulation.


FHFA’s annual examination program assesses Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's financial safety and soundness and overall risk management practices.

We utilize three approaches to achieve our supervisory responsibilities:

  • ongoing monitoring;
  • targeted examinations; and
  • risk assessments.

We evaluate Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's financial condition, earnings, liquidity, and efforts taken to mitigate losses in its single-family and multifamily portfolios.

We assess their response to continued stress in the mortgage markets and its effect on their risk profile, performance, and condition.

Additionally, we evaluate their effectiveness of remediation of previously identified matters requiring attention.

We also evaluate the board’s and management’s responses to deficiencies and weaknesses identified by the Enterprise’s Internal Audit Department and external auditors.

Our oversight program ensures coordination among all mission-critical supervisory functions throughout the examination process - including accounting and disclosure, capital adequacy, examination, financial analysis, and supervision infrastructure.

These interdependent assessments provide us with the basis for assigning a composite safety and soundness rating.

[OFHEO - Predecessor Agency - Special Examination Reports]

Report of the Special Examination of Fannie Mae - May 2006
Report of Findings to Date Special Examination of Fannie Mae - September 2004    
Report of the Special Examination of Freddie Mac - December 2003

Reporting Framework 

We use a specific framework to summarize examination results and conclusions to Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's board of directors and Congress.  FHFA’s examination ratings system is known as CAMELSO.

Read our Annual Report to Congress.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Capital Requirements

Miscellaneous Pre-2008 Guidance