Federal Housing Finance Board (31 - 40 of 191 items)
Federal Home Loan Banks: Too Soon to Tell the Potential Impact of Excess Stock Rule on the Affordable Housing Program
GAO-07-878R: Published: Jun 22, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2007.
Affordable housing organizations and Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) members have raised concerns that a Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) rule limiting excess stock could adversely impact FHLBank earnings. In particular, concerns have been raised regarding the FHLBanks' Affordable Housing Program (AHP), which subsidizes the cost of affordable housing with funds from the 12 FHLBanks, all of wh...
Housing Government-Sponsored Enterprises: A New Oversight Structure Is Needed
GAO-05-576T: Published: Apr 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2005.
Serious concerns exist regarding the risk management practices and the federal oversight of the housing government-sponsored enterprises (GSE)--Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBank System), which had combined obligations of $4.6 trillion as of year-end 2003. In 2003, Freddie Mac disclosed significant accounting irregularities. In 2004, the Office of Federal Housi...
Federal Home Loan Bank System: An Overview of Changes and Current Issues Affecting the System
GAO-05-489T: Published: Apr 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2005.
The FHLBank System (FHLBank System or System) is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) that consists of 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) and is cooperatively owned by member financial institutions, typically commercial banks and thrifts. The primary mission of the FHLBank System is to promote housing and community development generally by making loans, also known as advances, to member fina...
Government-Sponsored Enterprises: A Framework for Strengthening GSE Governance and Oversight
GAO-04-269T: Published: Feb 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
Congress established government sponsored enterprises (GSE)-- such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHLBank System, and the Farm Credit System--to facilitate the development of mortgage and agricultural lending in the United States. Although the federal government does not explicitly guarantee the GSEs' approximately $4.4 trillion in financial obligations, the potential exists that the government w...
Federal Home Loan Bank System: Key Loan Pricing Terms Can Differ Significantly
GAO-03-973: Published: Sep 8, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2003.
The Federal Home Loan Bank System's (FHLBank System) traditional approach to providing community and housing finance through 12 regional FHLBanks faces continual challenges due to consolidation in the financial services industry and the emergence of mortgage lenders with nationwide operations. In addition, the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB), the System's financial regulator, is analyzing the...
Financial Regulation: Review of Selected Operations of the Federal Housing Finance Board
GAO-03-364: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2003.
The Federal Home Loan Bank System (System) faces additional risks due to the development of new products such as direct mortgage purchase programs. Responding to concern about the methods used for administrative decisionmaking, and the ability of the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) to fulfill its critical mission to regulate the safety and soundness of the System, GAO was asked to (1) compare...
OFHEO's Risk-Based Capital Stress Test: Incorporating New Business Is Not Advisable
GAO-02-521: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2002.
GAO reviewed whether the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) should incorporate new business assumptions into the stress test used to establish risk-based capital requirements. The stress test is designed to estimate, for a 10-year period, how much capital the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) would be...
Flood Insurance: Extent of Noncompliance with Purchase Requirements Is Unknown
GAO-02-396: Published: Jun 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2002.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) run National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has combined flood hazard mitigation efforts and insurance to protect homeowners against losses from floods. The program provides an incentive for communities to adopt floodplain management ordinances to mitigate the effect of flooding upon new or existing structures. Virtually all communities in the country...
Single-Family Housing: Opportunities to Improve Federal Foreclosure and Property Sale Processes
GAO-02-305: Published: Apr 17, 2002. Publicly Released: May 17, 2002.
Federal programs in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Rural Housing Service (RHS) promote mortgage financing for low-income, first-time, minority, veteran, and rural home buyers. Congress has also chartered private corporations--Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--to provide mortgage lending and to promote homeownership opportunities. Many homeowner...
Federal Home Loan Bank System: Establishment of a New Capital Structure
GAO-01-873: Published: Jul 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2001.
The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System is establishing a new capital structure that, if properly implemented, is likely to be an improvement over the historic structure. Capital will become more permanent, and new risk-based and leverage capital requirements will also be implemented. The new capital structure has the potential to address the risks associated with advances as well as the direc...