High Risk Series:

Bank Insurance Fund

HR-93-3: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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GAO reviewed the Bank Insurance Fund, focusing on the factors that contributed to the depletion of the Fund's reserves and the need for improved accounting rules and bank examinations.

GAO noted that: (1) during the 1980s, U.S. banks made riskier loans to increase their customer base and fight competition from other domestic and foreign financial service vendors; (2) weak internal controls, flawed corporate governance systems, and lax regulatory supervision put banks and the Bank Insurance Fund at risk; (3) federal regulators have not acted to effectively tighten flexible accounting rules; (4) successful implementation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) act reforms depends on FDIC use of its authority to rebuild the fund and the quality of regulators' oversight efforts; and (5) Congress should consider legislating certain regulatory accounting principles for nonperforming loans and more rigorous reporting to regulators.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs HR-93-1, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Guaranteed Student Loans HR-93-2, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Bank Insurance Fund HR-93-3, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Resolution Trust Corporation HR-93-4, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation HR-93-5, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-93-6, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-93-7, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Pricing HR-93-8, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Department of Energy Contract Management HR-93-9, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-93-10, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: NASA Contract Management HR-93-11, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-93-12, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-93-13, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Managing the Customs Service HR-93-14, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Management of Overseas Real Property HR-93-15, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Federal Transit Administration Grant Management HR-93-16, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-93-17, Dec 1, 1992

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