1993 Thrift Resolutions:

RTC's Resolution Process Generally Adequate to Determine Least Costly Resolutions

GGD-95-119: Published: May 15, 1995. Publicly Released: May 15, 1995.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Resolution Trust Corporation's (RTC) compliance with a statutory requirement to: (1) resolve failed thrifts in the least costly manner; and (2) calculate and document its evaluation of alternative resolutions of failed thrifts.

GAO found that: (1) RTC has improved its resolution process and curtailed its practice to sell performing loans during conservatorship in order to comply with the least cost requirement; (2) RTC policy to extend a preference to minority bidders when making resolution decisions appears consistent with the least cost requirement; (3) for the three resolutions it reviewed, RTC chose the resolution alternative it determined to be the least costly and, in response to GAO recommendations, adequately documented its marketing strategies and the bases for its resolution decisions; (4) where relevant, RTC has implemented changes to its corporate policies regarding the treatment of uninsured depositors and the timing of asset sales during conservatorships, which brought RTC into compliance with other statutory requirements as well as the least cost requirement; (5) RTC has changed the timing of its liquidation cost estimates so that it makes its initial estimate when a failed thrift is placed in conservatorship; (6) among other things, RTC initial liquidation cost estimates determine the amount of estimated losses uninsured depositors must absorb; and (7) RTC efforts to resolve failing thrifts through its accelerated resolution program have brought RTC into better conformance with the least-cost statutory requirement.

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